636Re: Books That Have Changed My Life
- Mar 15, 2005I guess it depends on how long the U.S. remains a superpower. We seem
to be declining economically, and eventually we might be overtaken in
that regard by China, India, and the EU. Or maybe not, who knows? Our
military is still very large, well-trained, with all the latest
technological gadgets and isn't likely to be overtaken by anyone
anytime soon, but it now has a problem finding enough recruits.
I'm not sure we really are running the world as much as it appears we
are, or as much we would like to be. But we are trying, for sure.
About outer space- well, I should admit I'm a big Star Trek fan and
thus have romantic notions about space exploration. But I imagine in
the next century or two colonies will be built on the moon and Mars.
To do much more than that would probably require incredible
technological advances. Population is growing very fast and some
countries are running out of room, so starting a colony on another
planet might seem like a good solution. And in the very long run, when
the sun dies it'll probably take the Earth with it, so it might be a
good idea to colonize other places before then.
I remember last year the president of India was suggesting that India
and the U.S. build a joint colony, on either the moon or Mars, I
forget which. I don't remember if he got a reply. If and when we do
start colonizing, will it happen in the same way that the Europeans
colonized the Americas? There won't be any natives to fight, but how
long before two colonies on the moon are competing for room or for
natural resources of some sort, and then start fighting each other? Or
rebel against their parent country back on Earth? What do you all think?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ram Lau" <ramlau@y...> wrote:
> I can't help but wonder what the next superpower will do. Oil will be
> a lesser issue since we are running out in the whole world anyway. Are
> we talking about outer space yet? It will be interesting to see what
> kind of role the next hegemony will play.
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