Establishing a city, and some thoughts about that. Q/A.

Q: Say you own a company that can create habitable floating platforms in international waters for a price point per square meter roughly half of the average of house prices in the US. So there is a demand for people to move there. How would you structure the funding structure for the company/government there? Would … More Establishing a city, and some thoughts about that. Q/A.

Smart matter, Q2, economics vs energy and other animals

People quite regularly notice that I do use energy metrics and ignore economic realities in my assumptions. There are few good reasons for that. And let’s consider some aspects on an example of the problem of using smart matter on a large scale for megastructures like space lifts or other stuff. A point about economics … More Smart matter, Q2, economics vs energy and other animals

How far away are we from a 14mt clanking replicator architecture?

We are one step ahead.The question is not how far away we are, but how small we can make it for practical purposes.And how well we have documented the plan for tech-seed to grow. The real growth of our technologies started in late 19 century and the beginning of 20th century.The amount of information and … More How far away are we from a 14mt clanking replicator architecture?

Is there an upward limit to the size of spacecraft with “Centrifugal” gravity?

I highly recommend to read: O’Neill, G. K: The Colonization of Space, Physics Today, vol. 27, no. 9, Sept. 1974, pp. 32–40. Up to 16km radius is doable with usual materials. Conservative estimations with old steel (1920) 3.2km O’Neill, G. K: The Colonization of Space, Physics Today, vol. 27, no. 9, Sept. 1974, pp. 32–40. One … More Is there an upward limit to the size of spacecraft with “Centrifugal” gravity?

How can Average Joe create a micro-state that is a member of the UN in the least amount of time?

Q:Now assume Joe is an average white American citizen who has attended college and earns 50,000 USD annually. In addition to his salary, he has 100,000 USD in his bank account. He has no family and is prepared to spend any time, effort, and/or money needed to create a country (most likely a micro-state) that … More How can Average Joe create a micro-state that is a member of the UN in the least amount of time?