[ExI] extropy-chat Digest, Vol 215, Issue 40

Ben Zaiboc ben at zaiboc.net
Thu Aug 26 20:39:07 UTC 2021

On 26/08/2021 16:11, Spike wrote:
> *…*> *On Behalf Of *Adrian Tymes via extropy-chat
> *Subject:* Re: [ExI] OP-ED: The billionaire space race reflects a 
> colonial mindset that fails to imagine a different world
> >…Who exactly is there to enslave in space?
> If Seven Of Nine is out there, I will buy her.  Granted my bride might 
> not like the notion, but she may go along with it if we buy Commander 
> Riker too.
> >…These factors alone, not to mention the vastly increased importance 
> of technical competence for survival, will make space colonies rather 
> different than historical colonies…  Adrian
> Well said Adrian.  This article is really about conflicting models of 
> the future rather than specifically about space exploration.  It is 
> worth thinking about: many hold to a model which (reasonably) suggests 
> that growth on this planet really isn’t forever.  At some point 
> population growth must slow and stop.  We currently quarrel over how 
> that happens and how many people will be here when it does, but even 
> ExI people need to think about it.
> I picture a kind of Jetsons world where there is enough of everything 
> and population growth is somehow solved.  Hope so.

Life-extension. That's how to solve population growth problems. Sounds 
counter-intuitive ("won't that make things worse?"), but do the maths. 
Not only will it reduce population growth, but it will encourage people 
to behave more responsibly, and I have to say, even though I hate the 
term, 'sustainably'.


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