the techno dream

from ‘People appeared very recently and rapidly dominated and transformed the entire planet, also learning how to leave it. There are vast resources in our Solar System and huge amounts of energy. Once mankind learns to capture these resources we will become wealthy beyond our wildest dreams. People have also created computers, and software is now being developed which can learn and evolve. If computers ever learn how to develop other computers, they might become completely independent of their human inventors. Independent computers might rapidly colonize this corner of the Galaxy.’

‘once’ really is ‘if’, and it’s a mighty iffy if. as is noted, techno-progress requires ‘huge amounts of energy’. we haven’t found it yet. more importantly, yet not mentioned, is we have yet to solve our problems. right now, more energy means more problems. it’s a star wars scenario–remember when they were in the trash compacter? until then, maybe it’s good a thing ‘space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.’ (douglas adams)

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