Are we there yet? Only a few months ago world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking said that the survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth. Hawkin told a news conference in Hong Kong that humans could have a permanent base on the moon in 20 years and a colony on Mars in the next 40 years...
Well, there are those who believe that there are already humans occupying the moon and mars, care of military black-operations... so it seems the smokescreens are already out and the Counter-Intelligence Programs are well and truly up and running...
‘Many utopian themes, arising in fantasy, find their way to reality’ - Frederick Polak
Decades ago science writer Arthur C. Clarke wrote about a space elevator - now a company called the Liftport Group has published preliminary plans [PDF] to design and build the first space elevator.
The Presidential Directive on National Space Policy says that the United States will:
* [P]reserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space; dissuade or deter others from either impeding those rights or developing capabilities intended to do so; take those actions necessary to protect its space capabilities; respond to interference; and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to U.S. national interests; oppose the development of new legal regimes or other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit U.S. access to or use of space.
* Proposed arms control agreements or restrictions must not impair the rights of the United States to conduct research, development, testing, and operations or other activities in space for U.S. national interests.
You can always read the document yourself.
So the future might not only involve attempts at developing/creating superintelligence but also concerted efforts to push colonisation programs beyond terra firma.
Yet have people-in-power totally forgotten the creative impulses in homo sapiens sapiens that are on the rise... acceleratingly so?