Q: When I think of the steps to settling space, I think of it mostly in terms of technology and economics. If you don’t need to be economically self-sustaining, we’ve had the technology to build a moon base for decades – just spend $100k/kg on food and other things to sustain it that we don’t have … More Moon, space, profit, strategy, 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.
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
Ok, I got a valid question about what you gonna do with all those presumably available K1(10^18W) energy, in terms of production in space, which I have broadened to activity in space. If you do consider that the improvement of technologies is not required to meaningfully utilize the energy. It is a lot of energy … More K1 energy budget. Is it too much for us?
Or how important is our technological development and space for our future survival. Q: I would like to know what are pros and cons of robots replacing human in most repetitive jobs. A few days ago I stumbled on another interesting factor which may be useful if people are replaced in simple production jobs. However, … More Robots replacing human — in future