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Living in Space and Not On Planets


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jamesadrian

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Has anyone here discussed the possibility that future generations of people will live mainly in space between planets and not on them?  I have not found that this idea is being discussed anywhere.  All futuristic science shows on TV, for instance, discuss the technology of living on other planets and moons, but nowhere do I find an explanation of the advantages and likelihood of the vast majority living in otherwise empty space.

 

We seem to underestimate our future capability to make useful and comfortable structures in space.  There is also the safety factor, which seems on the side of planets now, but will free us from enormous risks when we are more capable.

 

Is this topic of interest at all?

 

Thank you for your help.

 

 

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Edited by jamesadrian, 19 June 2013 - 09:26 PM.


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This is a tantalizing prospect, the ability to possible constructing large structures the size of large moons/small planets and then living inside or on the surface of them.

 

In that case, after the singularity, every position in space will start to become occupied with robots, transhumans, cyborgs, etc


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One word: Elysium.

 

I think in the future there won't be much benefits to living on planets anymore. Living in space can be essentially identical to living on a planet. By the time long term space flight is practical we will have full immersion VR too. 


Edited by Ewan, 19 June 2013 - 10:33 PM.


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We need oxygen, we need to be shielded from radiation by the sun and cosmic rays, and we also need gravity, albeit to a lesser extent.  Planets (ideally) provide those things for us without us having to engineer any of them, but once engineering them becomes feasible (dare I say easy, with the development of intelligent automated space-based construction) it will certainly be done.  Especially to relieve Earth of the hypermalthusian pressure sure to be forced on it within the next few decades.


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i have no doubt in my mind that the moment we achieve the technology to terraform mars, we will realize that we dont really need to inhabit planets to survive. one day, people will be creating ships the size of asteroids with all the conveniences of what our planet earth can provide or even more. then there will come a time that thousand of ships like these are created. then after these, people will start to think: dyson spheres!  


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We might live closer to the sun where we can collect all energy directly from the sun to power stuff. Planets are basically a closed system, so if you build a space ship with the same supplies it is basically the same thing. All the living stuff on earth gets it's energy from the sun, so might as well cut out the middle man and get all the energy from the sun.

 

If we got all the resources we might build giant domes around the sun, and live on those.



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Look at it this way? Would you want to spend your entire life on a ship in a vast ocean?



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I should also mention that the Halo series also studies this topic. A lot of the environments in the games are planet scale spaceships. 



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If so it would probably be easier to live on objects that spun to create an effect like gravity, so gaint ships looking like perhaps the citadel from mass effect i think would be likely. Then again by this point we may not even have specific bodies, so may not "live" anywhere. The ships may just be an extension of human space.



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I think that by 2500 there will be thousands of "houses" orbiting the earth.

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Just think, soon we'll be able to explore this stuff in VR!


Edited by Ewan, 21 June 2013 - 01:31 AM.


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