[ExI] Millions of tons to space
bbenzai at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 7 13:37:00 UTC 2011
Dan <dan_ust at yahoo.com> wrote:
> You speak as if Earth contained most of the rock and metal
> in the solar system
> if not the galaxy. There's plenty of rock and metal around
> to play with.
> From: Ben Zaiboc <bbenzai at yahoo.com>
> To: extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org
> Sent: Wed, April 6, 2011 9:39:04 AM
> Subject: Re: [ExI] Millions of tons to space
> Kelly Anderson <kellycoinguy at gmail.com>
> > I can see Earth being a museum piece.
> Permanently lock away all that useful rock and metal, for
> the sake of a zoo for
> a few primitive biological organisms?
> I think there are probably better solutions.
There was plenty of oil, too, a century ago, yet many people think we're going to run out of the stuff soon.
If we discovered an oil-reservoir-dwelling bacterial ecosystem, I rather doubt it would be widely thought a good idea to preserve a multi-billion-barrel amount of oil under the ground, for the sake of those bacteria.
We would think of a better solution, I'm sure. We could easily provide for the bacteria *and* still avail ourselves of the bulk of the oil.
Planets are a terrible way to make a habitat (even for biologicals). Wasteful, dangerous, and so difficult to leave, when you want to. I wouldn't be surprised if there were no bodies larger than a few km in size left in the whole solar system (expect the sun), in a few hundred years.
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