Proposed Presidential Vision and Five Point Plan for re-directing NASA to more sensible, efficient and far-sighted human-in-space operations :
1) Challenge NASA with a new PLAN FOR SPACE - to begin delivering robots, supplies and equipment to the moon within TWO YEARS. The robots should be simple but dextrous, durable and repairable - in order to carry out a mission of long-term exploration, research and development focused on establishing industrial production capabilities on the moon. Since the moon is relatively close, the robots will be directly (though remotely) controlled by human operators on Earth. Controlling the robots will be tedious and slow, due to radio communication delays between Earth and the moon. But one remote controlled robot, operated in 24-7 shifts, should be able to accomplish at least as much per day as one space-suited human, and keep at it for years (with repairs), at roughly 1/100th the cost of a "manned" program and with no peril to human lif…
Achieving Minimum Guaranteed Income with a Cryptocurrency
Suppose we were to create
a new cryptocurrency in which EVERYONE who
participates, gets free coins on a regular basis. 1 a day to start,
eventually perhaps 10 a day.
Call it NewCoin(TM) - "Newk" for short.
(FreeCoin is sort of taken, or it could have been "Freeks")
Declare a starting value of $1 for simplicity. Or 1 euro. It will float
forces, but should not change as rapidly or as much as Bitcoin(TM) has. It isn't intended to be a speculative instrument, nor a long term store of value.
With NewCoin, there's no need for
government involvement to establish a guaranteed minimum income. The prospect of regular free money for anyone signing up should make
this currency very popular, taking off with consumers FAR faster than
[Yes, I know, somehow we'd need to make sure no
one is able to sign up multiple times. I'll discuss enforcement later.]
[One of my older speculations - feasibility unknown, slightly updated for posting]
Mars' atmosphere is severely lacking, from a human perspective. Near vacuum pressure, mostly poisonous carbon dioxide and nearly lacking in free oxygen, unable to provide any decent radiation shielding. Yet it's sufficient to support world-encompassing dust storms that can last long enough to be a major problem for any human colonists trying to use solar as an energy source. If the atmospheric pressure could be increased and free oxygen added, humans might be able to go 'outside' on Mars with just warm clothing and a sort of artificial 'gill' to extract and concentrate the oxygen.
It seems reasonable to suspect that if Mars were given a denser and somewhat warmer atmosphere, Mars soil might release frozen carbon dioxide and water to make the atmosphere even denser.
Synthetic biology has been making great strides over the past decade, closing in on the ability to create synthe…