“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”–George Bernard Shaw
If ever there was a definition of Shaw’s unreasonable man, in two short words, it would be: Elon Musk. The man continues his unrelenting, unreasonable march toward a drastically different future for humanity. This week, he revealed his plans for a $200,000 ticket to Mars. Next week? It’s bound to be something new.
Mars/Space Colonization–Elon Musk’s SpaceX published its Mars colonization plans online. Through a variety of cost saving measures, they aim to bring down the cost of launching mass into space by some 5 million per cent–a $200,000 one-way ticket for colonists is what that initially adds up to. They believe that a self-sustaining colony will need a population of at least 1 million people–an effort that will require thousands of spacecraft and several decades to accomplish.
Aerospace–According to Popular Science, both the U.S. and China could be flying hypersonic (4000+ mph) aircraft by 2030. The technology would revolutionize both civilian and military aviation and render current air and missile defense systems obsolete.
Environment/Agriculture–Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION, issued a statement warning that even while global food and water demand may as much as double by 2050, crop yields are in danger of falling due to desertification and land degradation. She also forecast that up to 135 million people, worldwide, may be displaced by this trend over the coming decades.
Solar/Alternative Energy–A research team at Melbourne Institute of Technology has developed a paint that can generate hydrogen fuel. They believe it could be commercialized within five years. Maybe that Tesla won’t need a refueling station after all. (see video below)
Robotics/Military Technology–A report in The Daily Mail quotes a former British intelligence officer as forecasting a near term burgeoning of automated warfare. He says the U.S. military may deploy more robotic soldiers than human combatants by as soon as 2025.