Air & Space

Transhumanists Invade Space Development Conference!

Transhumanists Invade Space Development Conference!

Last weekend (Sunday May 28) I spent the day at the annual conference of the National Space Society -- giving a talk, taking in the other talks, and generally absorbing the space-y energy. I came away with the clear impression that at some point in the not too distant future -- in particular, once the cost of launch is decreased a fair bit -- we're going to see an incredible explosion of commerci...

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Implications of Computerized Intelligence on Interstellar Travel

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced the 100 Year Starship Study, an effort to encourage long-term thinking about the realistic prospects of interstellar travel, specifically with the goal of devising a workable mission-plan within the next century. This bold call to action is exciting, but let us consider the more plausible scenarios under which such a venture...

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One Small Step for Man, One Small Future Colony for Humankind

One Small Step for Man, One Small Future Colony for Humankind

Imagine living on another planet as part of a small colony, gazing out over mountainous rock formations and traversing open fields of red dirt and clay as you start a new life in a land foreign in almost every way, living like the first settlers to explore North America in the 1700s. That’s what Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Paul Davies propose in their article "To Boldly Go: A One-Way Human Mission to ...

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Mixed Messages: Tantrums of an Angry Sun

Mixed Messages: Tantrums of an Angry Sun

When examining the delicate balance that life on Earth hangs within, it is impossible not to consider the ongoing love/hate connection between our parent star- the sun- and our uniquely terraqueous home planet. On one hand, Earth is situated so perfectly, so ideally, inside the sun’s habitable zone, that it is impossible not to esteem our parent star with a sense of ongoing gratitude. It is, af...

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