SolarCross wrote:Yes all our spaceships could be powered by handwavium or even magic.
UFOlogist T. Morrison believes gravitational field propulsion is the way to go, eventully. It's naive to think our current understanding is the last word.
Even earth, on which we spent all our evolutionary history adapting to it, is far from ideal when so much of its surface is desert, ocean, tundra and icescape.
At least you don't need a spacesuit....
If you don't like space stations then you will have to stay home, because the reality is that space colonisation and even terraforming can't be done without them.
Probably but in the future humans as we now know them may be replaced by beings specially engineered to do certain tasks, without qualm or incentive.
Perhaps but our own galaxy is very clearly wild still.
We can't be sure. For years some researchers have thought the best way to find ET is by detecting his radio transmissions. What a failure of imagination, to think our means of communication are still prevalent among more advanced systems. Not surprisingly, the "silence" supposedly indicating we are alone contrasts sharply with a plethora of UFO sightings.
Wishful thinking on your part, you are practically indulging in magical thinking. Which begs the question why? It should be a relief to know that totalitarianism is not viable. The one thing that the 20th century taught us is that totalitarianism is stupid and shit.
In the future, machines, AI and artificial beings could very well proliferate. Even flawed, past totalitarianism achieved great things in its heyday, and with better technology it can do way more.
The pendulum swings back and forth on that one.
The general trend has been for more government. Even presidents like Reagan didn't change things at all.
The lack of public support is exactly because the missions were not producing outputs more valuable than the inputs. They went all that way and just came back with a little bag of rocks and some holiday snaps, then they did it again and again and again. The first time was a wow because no one had done it before but every subsequent mission was pointless.
No, it increased scientific understanding of the moon and by extension the solar system (basic research to better understand a celestial object must precede any effort to utilize it). It is absurd to think that a real space effort--building factories and bases on the moon--would have greater public support, because the cost would've been infinitely greater and public resistance greater to the same degree....Of course, if private enterprise wanted to go ahead with its own money
it could've tried anytime in the last half century, but didn't.....
Only an authoritarian government can make it happen.
Government officials smoke too, and drink booze and have every other human foible and vice. Capitalism is all about giving people what they want, and what people want after survival and family and ambition is pleasure. Your complaint is with human nature not capitalism. In the USSR they had no food to eat but somehow found resources to get smashed on vodka and meth still.
Adolf didn't smoke, drink or even have sex. Soviet officials did, but their system was still sacrificial. In the future machines may do more of the work, so it'll be easier.
It is early days yet. If the past will be like the future then we will be stuck with pointless billion dollar trips to get small bags of rocks and holiday snaps and space colonisation will go nowhere. If space colonisation is to become a self-reinforcing feedback loop then it will have to be the private sector doing the bulk of the work. The 20th century space race was in hindsight premature and mostly pointless and this is why those subject to market discipline did not touch it. In the 21st century the technology will approach the point where it is possible to do missions which produce outputs more valuable than the inputs and then those subject to market discipline will take over and produce the real space race on a scale you can't even begin to imagine. And we should hope that will be so because left to government alone it will not happen.
It's naive to think those for whom self aggrandizement is everything will do the bulk of the work. Neither corporations nor people in general will voluntarily make the enormous sacrifices essential for building a lot of infrastructure in space. Inevitably it'll be extremely costly, just like industrialization on earth itself. Even in the US, the emphasis on investment over consumption meant deprivation for many people and I doubt it's possible now under democracy, or as long as it lasts.
You sound as crazily anti-human as any commie. I don't wish to talk to you any further, you don't belong in civilised society.
As you like it, I see you have enough detractors around here as it is.