[extropy-chat] SPACE: new planet?

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Sun Feb 22 18:36:01 UTC 2004

On Sat, Feb 21, 2004 at 06:20:47PM -0500, Harvey Newstrom wrote:

> Yes!  I see the structure of the universe's habitable planet(oid)s as a
> matrix of the bubble-shaped Oort Clouds covering the galaxy, with big empty

I see the structure of the visible universe as a great big empty honking
void, utterly devoid of life smart enough to get off their individual rocks.

With the possible exception of us.

> spaces down in the gravety wells around stars.  This is totally different
> from traditional futurist thinking about interstellar travel to other

You're putting tranditional futurist at -35 years at best. This is pretty
dusty, even for last century futurism.

> planets.  I also see the little hops spreading out in all directions, and
> not the big hops across empty space that most sci-fi has described.  The
> future is totally different than what we had predicted.  There are more
> worlds, closer worlds, smaller hops, and lower technology requirements than

There's something cute about a 300 km/s technology, vs a 0.95 c technology.
Picture 10^3 years of worth of volume with a 10^3 factor in velocity. 10^6
years. 10^9 years.

> we earlier imagined.  This has made me more confident of future interstellar
> expansion than ever before.  These Pluto-type worlds are the interstellar
> worlds of the future.  They far outnumber the classical planets by hundreds
> of thousands to one.

I see Kuiper belt as one big salad bar. Fusables, crunchy carbon.

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