We were promised.
THIS was our future.
As teenagers and young adults we watched cars become monotonous and uninspired. Houses were no longer trying to be the cutting-edge homes of tomorrow and cities grew uglier instead of the shining beacons of an enlightened society.
We Were Suppose To Take Off On The Highway Of Tomorrow
Compare it what you're driving today.
And what do you think the next generation will be driving tomorrow? Oh wait, probably nothing because we're running out of oil. Our short-sighted society isn't concerned with that either.
Space Was Our Playground
- Vintage Playgrounds: Compare these amazing playgrounds of the 60s and 70s to the lame playgrounds of today. As children, we accepted our destiny in space as a given. What do children today accept as a given?
Does Your Playground Have A Rocket Slide?
"I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars."
We Have No Tomorrow Without Spaceflight Today
- Spacefaring Nations
- "The United States government temporarily ceased manned space missions in July, 2011 after STS-135."
I have two important reasons why we can't let this be our future:
- 1 Lewis and Clark
- 2 The Next 100 Years
We Have No Future In Stagnation
Think about that for a minute, 200 years ago all the land between the Mississippi and the Pacific ocean was empty. Aside from a few handfuls of American Indian tribes, there was nothing but vast open spaces.
Now visualize the thousands of people that live in that space today. And visualize again what it will look like in another 100 years. 200 years. Visualize the whole world in 200 years.
Are we willing to either curb world breeding or encourage eugenics for the old and sick--for the whole planet?
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
It's a fact that we will outgrow this world. We MUST expand to the stars.
The Next 100 Years Are Critical; We May Not Make It
We Can Still Doom Ourselves
Type I: Uses all the energy that falls on its planet.
Type II: Uses the energy output of a star and its planets.
Type III: Uses the energy of an entire galaxy, the blackholes, stars, and planets in it.
What are we using for energy? We're using dead plants. We get all our energy from dead plants. We're Type 0.
Tomorrow's Destiny Is Today
"The world has changed far more in the past 100 years than in any other century in history. The reason is not political or economic but technological - technologies that flowed directly from advances in basic science."
Technology For The Future Begins Today
We Must Prepare For Tomorrow
The end of the world is coming. It's a FACT:
Our Milky Way is on a collision course with Andromeda. They WILL collide in 3 billion years.
Our sun will die in 5 billion years.
In between that time, anything could happen.
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
~ Carl Sagan
What do we have today? Seen any space-related commercials lately? Know the names of any astronauts from the last 10 years? 20 years? We need to get back to that whole retro fascination with space and ditch the dark ages mentality about science that has become so trendy.
I hope the art here inspires you to consider the future.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
~Roy Batty in "Blade Runner"
TAM Panel-Our Future in Space
Where do our astronomers and astrophysicists think we'll be tomorrow?
Do they have hope for mankind in space?
Are robots our future?
Are NASA's glory days over forever?
Did Bill Nye kill the ozone layer?
Are Europeans from another world?
- TAM 2011 in Las Vegas
- Phil Plait, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Pamela Gay, and Lawrence Krauss talk about our future in space.
Stephen Hawking: Colonize space, or else
In recent times, famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has become something of a hawk when it comes to human survival
- "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."
- "It does seem slightly pitiful that so many of our great scientific and engineering minds are being wasted on creating fine new ways to pay for your shampoo with your iPhone, rather than on creating machines that can swiftly and safely transport humans to occupy the Planet Yog."
|An empty NASA launch pad dreaming of Mars.|
~ Albert Einstein
What Do You Think?
Can we become a Type I civilization?
Do you have space dreams?
Were you promised a flying car?
Have we reached the tipping point for Type 0?