If you go down this path, I'd like there to be a toggle between backgrounds. Or make sure the text boxes remain white and just darken the deep background.
Mid to late 21st century is way to slow! ha ha, I hope I can build your confidence in a faster trajectory in 2 paragraphs.
The law of accelerating returns will hopefully mean we begin to do a lot of these things within the next 10 years. There are already people speaking about new banks created on the potential value of asteroids and harvesting resources, as well as there is growing interest in getting rid of money altogether, replacing it with responsible abundance that can potentially be harnessed in best case scenarios of Artificial Super Intelligence. ASI is also where the design phase will be shortened massively. But say ASI takes 20 year, it won't but say it does.
Remember we also have 3 to 4 billion more people on the planet who are gaining access to smartphones and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality devices on 5G networks over the next 2 to 5 years. Learning curves are decreasing while access to the frontier of human research is increasing. The way I see it, the key to it all is identifying projects that unite humanity into a common goal and utilize competition in such a way that it creates enjoyment and responsible abundance as opposed to competing for territory or domination.
Did I convince you that a shorter timeline is more likely? ;)
I think it would be advantageous to start with the idea of building lunar orbital rings. Sure beuilding moon bases is cool but that just perpetuates the national competition for territory that we already have on Earth. Such territorial competition increases potential of war, which I definitely want to decrease.
Focusing on construction of 1 to 3 Lunar Orbital Rings means we could divide up the moon along 3 circumferences, allocate definite lots to each country, create a standard for how to construct automated ground station establishment drones by holding a Prize challenge, and then itterate on their development until we have a few hundred or a few thousand ground stations mining and refining ore all around the moon.
From there I imagine that we could lift batches of material into space where they are 3D printed, then build sky elevators that make it easier to get more material into space so the print speed increases exponentially. Once we have one orbital ring functioning we can use it as a launch and catch transit system for the rest of the inner solar system as well as a secondary gravity environment for aclimatisation. 3 Orbital rings = more launch trajectories, more gravity environments, more power generation, more habitats, more research etc.
What do you think? It has definitely got more benefits than starting with an Earth orbital ring.
Start with lunar orbital rings, then build and Earth orbital ring because we will be masters at it after building 3, plus I reckon that it would be cheaper, safer and faster to build 3 lunar rings first and then build an Earth orbital ring, rather than to only build 1 Earth orbital ring straight off the bat. Love to learn your thoughts.