Saturday, 23 March 2019

On mass extinctions.

"If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilizations, and I mean strange in a bad way. And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilizations."

Elon Musk

No doubt stimulated from the new evidence that suggests that there are more than a hundred thousand million stars with planetary systems in this galaxy, many of which are in a potentially habitable 'Goldilocks zone' and yet no sign of alien civilizations. So why? And how does it affect us? Mr Musk clearly thinks that it does.

Incidentally, less focused individuals think that Elon Musk has a slightly random collection of transport companies in his portfolio. If you look more carefully what you see is that he is collecting the skills and technologies needed to colonize Mars (and other planets and satellites) in a large scale.   Not just rockets (SpaceX), but electric vehicles (, solar power and energy storage. Enclosed, high performance mass transit systems (Hyperloop), tunnel and subterranean structure making (Boring company), through to Neuralink and OpenAI - none of it is random.

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