Maybe You’ll Listen to Him

Humans will need to colonise another planet within one hundred years to ensure our survival, according to Professor Stephen Hawking.

The astrophysicist has made a new documentary, Expedition New Earth, as part of the BBC’s new science season Tomorrow’s World. In it he will claim that time is running out for Earth and if humanity is to survive climate change, asteroid strikes, epidemics and overpopulation we will need to leave our planet and venture further afield.

OK, so this is a fluff-piece advertising a TV show, but my point stands.

And do note that all the reasons Dr. Hawking cites do not include crazy fanatics deploying home-made nukes in rented vans. Remember what I’ve told you: the invention requires genius, after that it’s just engineering, and if you don’t mind dying horribly (something about 72 virgins, for instance) a Hiroshima-level bomb can be built at a kitchen table or garage workbench. And the easy availability and sophistication of today’s electronics (such as the Raspberry Pi or other SBC (single board computer)) makes this much easier than 1945-level tech.

Then there are the growing number of people who seem to think that 1984 is an instruction manual. It won’t take too many of them clustered in a national-level Legislature to get the bright idea that off-grid power generation requires registration or restriction to render that rejection of society all but impossible.

One Response to “Maybe You’ll Listen to Him”

  1. Dan says:

    Leaving aside the obvious….that at this point in time it is simply NOT POSSIBLE for humans to colonize ANY OTHER PLANET let us state the obvious.

    If we somehow DO manage to find the holy grail….an FTL drive (without which going ANYWHERE outside our solar system is simply not realistic) how do we keep from dragging our insanity and suicidal tendencies as a species with us. You KNOW that if we find a way to colonize another planet the do gooders and power brokers will FORCE whoever is running the show to take along ground apes, camel humpers and every other manner of two legged subhumans to insure “diversity”. And the problems we have will then exist on TWO PLANETS instead of just one.