Poll: Should we colonize space?
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The future of mankind is in the stars.
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29-03-2014, 06:11 PM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(28-03-2014 03:57 AM)Mathilda Wrote:  The problem with space exploration is the cost in getting out of the Earth's gravity well on a regular basis.

If the field of Artificial Intelligence and robotics ever advances enough, all we need is to send some robots out into the solar system once to mine asteroids and to send refined materials back again. If we can get them building their own robots then so much the better.

The cost of mining resources on Earth is increasing, supply is decreasing and demand is increasing. Recycled rare-earth minerals aren't as good as the stuff taken straight out of the ground due to the accumulated impurities. Some of it gets wasted never to be retrieved, like silver for example. It is used in a lot of industrial processes in such small amounts that it is forever lost. Having the materials sent to us would save a lot of energy.

Once we have robots colonising the solar system we can use them to prepare the route for humans. Shielding against radiation is not a problem for example if you never needed to lift the materials out of the Earth's gravity well.
I wonder if the first extraterrastrials we encounter will be machines? It sounds to me that this concept could work
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30-03-2014, 04:45 PM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(25-03-2014 03:15 PM)rampant.a.i. Wrote:  It's not simply in terms of colonization. Space exploration requires pushing the limits of modern technology, and some of the commonplace technologies we have today are derived directly from the space program.

If you used a GPS or are browsing the forum on your mobile phone or home computer, (many mobile networks now use satellites) you're using advancements made possible by funding space exploration.


Well, sort of. Computational power was not driven by the space program, nor were cellphones or wireless technology.

The reason cellphones can be so small and thin is fractal antenna design, which was conceived by Nathan Cohen on his own.

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04-04-2014, 08:13 PM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(24-03-2014 09:01 AM)Free Thought Wrote:  
(23-03-2014 12:24 AM)Cephalotus Wrote:  This is one of those subjects that doesn't have an easy black-and-white answer.

I voted yes, but I don't think we should bite off more than we can chew. (Like when we get terraforming reasonably mastered, we can't let the human population explode to ridiculous proportions or anything.) I think in the future space exploration will replace war's traditional role in our technological advancements--it will be the new reason why we keep coming up with "accidental" solutions to problems.

I disagree, Cephal.

You can bet your life savings that the second humanity gets truly functional star-ships, they will immediately become the newest tools for war. space exploration wont replace war in pushing technological advancement; it will become part of it and continue the cycle oh better tech, to better war, to better tech.

Unless we need to come up with something stronger than an A bomb to mine asteroids....<something derogatory about yo' mama>

Oh nevermind. Humanity always finds a way to do these things.

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