Foresight Update 23.31: Saving the Earth by leaving it - July 30, 2009
…Are we going to have to pave over the Earth after all? I can see but one solution that really works, in the long run: get them off the Earth. And by them of course I mean us all, or all but a few percent.
There is billions of times more energy available in space than on Earth — and energy is the basis of wealth…
From Open Source Sensing:
So suppose we get into space — by space pier, new private launch capabilities, or whatever. Then what? LEO is halfway to anywhere, but only halfway.
Unlike the Earth, which is matter rich but energy poor, the inner solar system is the opposite — energy rich but not much matter. This ought to be a recipe for going fast…
It's really amazing that Armstrong and Aldrin actually landed on the Moon. Not that they survived the trip in the huge rocket, nor the rigors of space travel, the radiation, the vacuum, the meteors.
It was the software…
The evolution of science moves, in Kuhn's famous theory, not in a smooth accretion of knowledge but in a series of punctuated equilibria. This means that before a paradigm shift happens, there is an overhang where the majority of scientists believe something that the majority won't a scientific generation later…
The CCC/CRA, a consortium of academic computer science departments (essentially), has a roadmap to future robotics that has some implications for the Feynman Path.
Some highlights (from the chapter on manufacturing)…
—Nanodot posts by J. Storrs Hall
From Open Source Sensing:
For a 25-minute slide-show-and-lecture intro to this topic from an industry perspective, check out Ubiquitous Sensor Networks: The benefits of smart dust and mesh technology by Joy Weiss of Dust Networks. Her presentation helps get across why these systems are arriving so fast…
Tracking what's happening with sensors today is an intimidating task. If you have US$2700 you can get a big report on Wireless Sensor Networks from Bharat Book Bureau, which appears to be based in India. If you don't have this amount to spare, you can get a feel for what's happening by just reading the long ad for the report, including the detailed table of contents…
—Open Source Sensing posts by Christine Peterson
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