[extropy-chat] MARS: Because it is hard
Robert J. Bradbury
bradbury at aeiveos.com
Thu Apr 15 22:42:20 UTC 2004
On Thu, 15 Apr 2004, Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> Projects to kill:
> Advanced weapons procurement (some R&D is okay: procurement is a
> total waste.)
Agreed. Normal weapons (and time) have shown that we can even get someone
like Saddam. Osama is harder but one can presume his days are numbered.
> Plasma and inertial fusion
Here I have questions. There is a significant "research" part to these
efforts. I'm not sure that the "R" aspect will not lead to something
that is not useful.
> manned spaceflight
Agreed. Unless this is directed to a long term distribution of
humanity around the solar system so it forms a distributed intelligence
(something I discussed at Extro III) it may be relatively useless.
> large-scale alternative energy.
This part I am not clear about. Alternative energy such
as wind power seems to be working. Biomass conversion
would also seem to be functional. I would be interested
in what specific aspects of alternative energy sources
you find unworkable.
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