The Next Space Race

December 2nd, 2014 § 2 comments

I have very high hopes for humanity and look forward to witnessing the steady march of progress on everything from racism and gender equality to health care and economic opportunities. While these advances are of the utmost importance to our individual day-to-day lives the call of the stars holds a special place in my heart. I’ve long been a sucker for Science Fiction and the nerd in me really hopes that I will bear witness to the next space race.

This is why I’m so bullish on private companies like SpaceX and Planetary Resources taking up the mantel of near earth exploration. If we can find direct ways to profit from traveling outside of our atmosphere not only will the rate of innovation be vastly as increased, but so to will the imagination of those still bound to this pale blue dot.

Do not expect organizations like NASA and the ESA to be marginalized however. Unshackled from the burden of launching satellites and supplying the space station I expect those organizations to continue to take humanity to places that private companies can only dream. Space Agencies are able to look beyond a fiduciary responsibility to stockholders and focus on exploration and the advancement of science for the betterment of humanity. A race to the stars fueled by a symbiotic relationship between private and public entities sounds like a pretty potent cocktail.

After all if the history of human civilization is to span more than a few millennia surely it must take root beyond this precious and fragile world that gave us life. I just hope I live to see it.

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§ 2 Responses to The Next Space Race"

  • It’s funny to me to see humans depicted in space suits roaming these planets when really it’s going to be robots instead. We only hope that the robots will be empathetic enough to show us compassion and upload our memories to their virtual mind so we can experience these worlds with them but since that is too difficult with our outdated physical form factor bodies the reality will be that we are going to be a tiny one petabyte sized chapter in their history book memory bank. We are not the chosen ones but rather the chosen ones to make the chosen ones.

    • Thomas Paine says:

      You make a lot of assumptions about AI in that statement. Not only do you assume that we will create true AI before we explore the solar system but you are also making assumptions about what motivations it will have. Perhaps it will tap into an understanding of the universe that is impossible for us to understand and decide that mundane things like corporeal form and space exploration are best left to the humans.

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