Tuesday, November 13, 2018
"When Humanity Becomes a Spacefaring Civilization": Will Mars become "The New World"?
“When Humanity Becomes a Spacefaring Civilization”, by Computing Forever, is worth a look. A bit of a right-wing outlook, however.
The speaker scoffs at treaties that claim that the entire solar system or even universe belongs to humanity. He says that eventually a country (where from Earth or an alien planet or solar system light years away) that lands on another planet (even Moon) and can defend it will be able to claim legal title.
He also parallels the political process of colonization of the Moon and other planets (especially Mars) to the New World. Living on Mars after terraforming, people will change physiologically in low gravity and simply become different. This could lead to new kinds of controversies parallel to those about race today.