The playlist section of SFIA's YT channel is essentially what you are looking for. I'm pretty sure that they are in order: www.youtube.com/channel/UCZFipeZtQM5CKUjx6grh54g/playlists
Again, I must point out that distance is a key factor here. A quasar going off won't saturate the entire galaxy with deadly radiation when it goes off, whether or not the surrounding stars are in an irregular galaxy. The core regions would be the most effected, and as of yet we don't know whether or not those places can support life. Also, the assumption here was that the galaxy was not filled to the brim with life. If it were, than the game is very different. If intelligent life has colonized every part of the galaxy, then it has had plenty of time to prepare for the looming quasar event and/or prevent it from happening (if they are advanced enough).
Not to be a buzz kill, but this sounds wrong. Quasars are indeed dangerous to biology, but much like supernova, one would need to be fairly close to a planet with life in order to seriously affect it. A danger-radius of about 10000 light years sound about right for a quasar. In any case, this is a moot point, since although the new, and lamely-named Milkdromeda galaxy that is the result of this collision may in fact produce a quasar - this is nothing new. The Milky Way last became a quasar ~6 million years ago, and we're still here to tell the tale (literally, early man may have seen the quasar when it occurred). The bottom line is that a planet with life would need to be in the galactic-core region to be seriously damaged.
Sad, but true XD.
Yes, more knowledge of the system along with other prerequisites would certainly further the notion of responsible citizens voting in a system they believe in. Then again, applying more filters on the voting process could lead to self-serving legal bodies pushing for only a select group of individuals having the right to vote, thus defeating the point of a democracy. Not saying that will happen, of course, but it's a slippery slope. Still, there are many ways our democracies could be improved in a good way.
Anyone? No. There are many countries out there in the world that preclude individuals within their borders from voting based a variety of legal grounds. The very fact that you need to be a registered voter in addition to being a certain age already makes those systems selective democracies. This theme is further diluted when you consider delegative democratic systems, wherein an average citizen's vote is worth less than his elected representative. Yes, "anybody" who forfills the above criteria can vote, but that is the point of a democracy - to represent the citizenry of a particular group (in this case, adults) whose majority vote will elect either a leader or perhaps a law.
I'm fairly neutral towards the idea. Any infrastructure in space will be great for a number of reasons, but I too would like to see more presence on the actual moon itself, as you said before. However, it really depends where NASA wants to go with this. I would say that something like this would happen after we have a re-established presence on the Moon, beacuse that is what people like Bezos and Musk are pushing for. After that such a facility might be the natural next project, besides their orbiting lunar station projects.
None may recall this, but when it was thought that the Allan Hills 84001 meteor had Martian microbes on it, president Clinton had actually made a public announcement that alien life had been discovered. The public reaction was passe, to say the least and eventually people stopped talking about it, even before the findings were revoked.
This project is still very much ongoing, and the call for contributors is still very much active! Further, we welcome questions about the setting as interested individuals introduce themselves. This allows us to refine the image of our project by addressing those questions which concern the details not readily apparent in our proposal as so far as it has been prepared.
Your thoughts about the citizens loyalty to their representatives is indeed correct. The Terran Union operates on a form of delegative democracy wherein the wishes of the people are carried up the political ranks by elected members of the state whom the people find to best represent their values. These representative's votes carry more political sway, and thus the will of the people is expressed before high government, at least as far as policy-making goes. A more decentralized approach to basic rights and local affairs is maintained at the lower levels, where each region on Earth (or beyond) can govern themselves as city-states, after a fashion. No system is totally immune against corruption, but it is thought that this "liquid democracy", together with technological monitoring aids of the like we cannot deploy in our modern era, can stave off the worst of political vice.
As far as personal matters go, education is free for all and entertainment (like media, and what you do during your free time) is unfettered. As for the systematic operation of the Terran Union's meritocracy - that is still under development, and thus the details thereof are conceptual for now. It is something that deserves a lot of attention in the future - but so does a lot of other stuff!
This is great! Your enthusiasm is certainly appreciated, as we are in the beginning phase of roughing out an outline of creative objectives for our contributors in relation to designing the system. Your input and thoughts would be most welcome on our Discord server: discord.gg/AWw5n9 . I should add that we are as of yet still a small group with big dreams - so if being one of the first to blaze the creative trail for our project is something that interests you, then we look forward to having you.
Have you ever found yourself day-dreaming about a better future for Humanity? Do you consider yourself well-versed in the STEM fields, Futurism and the posits of Science Fiction? If so - READ ON!
The Terran Union World-building project is a futurism thought-experiment set on planet Earth (and later, within the solar-system at large). It follows the rise and establishment of a global superpower known as the Terran Union, which represents the societal maturity of humanity expressed as a perfect social order. Designing and describing this setting in a realistic way is a big task, and too much for one or two creators - we need help!
The focus of the project is largely concerned with the social and political dynamics of the progressive Terran Union: what the government is like, how technology is developed, and how it affects the policies and citizenry when used within that system. Due creative consideration must be directed toward envisioning the laws of the Terran Union, the economic models it operates on and the societal trends that result in order to breath in the desired sense of realism.
With these creative directions in mind, we need contributors - specifically those who are well-informed in the sciences - including but not limited to physics, engineering, sociology, economics etc. A world-building project starts to grow stale and unoriginal if it becomes the exclusive mental playground of one or two people. The more minds that are involved, the fresher and more diverse the setting becomes - leading to a lasting impression of realism and authenticity.
The Terran Union is a technocratic meritocracy originally established via joint effort by all the developed nations of the planet. It is fundamentally utopian and “post-scarcity” - having marvellous advanced technologies that maintain a flawless infrastructure which supplies its citizens with all the basic rights that any sentient beings are entitled to: food, water, a home, free education and healthcare. Its structure, although ultimately authoritarian in jurisdiction, emphasizes decentralization and democratic operation via the use of various ministries that each oversee a particular vital function in a society. Legal matters are handled by a hierarchy of Courts, from a Local District all the way to a Supreme Court handling global issues. High government is comprised of a advisory Cabinet, a legislative Parliament and a Supreme Council of Ministers and experts in various fields. Ultimately, major decisions that require high governmental oversight are processed through these parties until they are either approved or otherwise solved. Those that aren’t are presented to the elected leader of the entire Terran Union - the Head of State.
So, if you are well versed in science (political, economic, physical, environmental, etc) and want to be part of The Terran Union, then we would love to have you. It is obviously a work in progress and requires fresh, informed perspectives to help build it into something greater.
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The forum was established about 5 months ago. And yes, I hope that this forum will attract more users and content. The I'd say that the subject matter certainly has its number of followers, since it covers a broad range of subjects including STEM sciences, sci-fi and world-building. Unfortunately, Discord steals a lot of steam from a lot of forums.
As for learning a new language, I doubt my schedule could support such a challenge. But it is certainly on my list - a Chinese language in my repertoire would be very useful!
Hiya LightspeedLife. I think you'll find many like-minded people here - feel free to browse and start conversations. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of traffic these days - but poking at a thread should resurrect it.
As for your writers block - I totally sympathize with you - I've had a persistent case of it for about a year now and it refuses to move. Maybe learning Mandarin will help me out XD.
I see that there are some questions here that have not been answered, so I feel like I should chip in and address them as best I can. Excuse the wait!
Unless you have found it in the meantime, this website contains links to a plethora of blogs and research-paper archives discussing nanotechnology:
There are several misconceptions here. One, Sirius A & B are too far away from one another (at an average distance of 25 AU) to significantly contribute any gasses to one another, although star A is indeed blowing gas at star B as we speak. This is not a problem now, but when star A becomes a asymptotic giant star in its later life, star B would need to consume a whopping 0.3 to 0.4 solar masses of material during a close approach to trigger any sort of reaction in its core (this is highly unlikely). Luckily for any nearby stars, this accretion by star B is too little and too slow to actually trigger a supernova - it may instead undergo a recurrent nova. I say "nearby stars" and not Sol because Sol and its solar-system will not be anywhere near the Sirius binary system when star A undergoes its final stellar evolution process. The positions of stars in the Milky Way and their distance from one another are constantly changing as the stars circles the galactic center - 500 million years from now Sirius will not be anywhere near Sol or any colonies we have (or had) outside of it.
If a supernova did occur so close to a K2 civilization, this would spell doom for all biological life in their solar-system and other for dozens of light-years around. Physically the planets and sun would be unaffected, but the life on (or around them in space) would be destroyed by gamma rays - unless the K2 could shield their planets and/or solar-system from the radiation - which is tricky because we don't know of many materials that could resist the intense radiation.
This concept actually has it's origins in a paper by Paul Birch . The materials and energy required to harvest and transport the hydrogen from the outer solar-system to Venus would make this unpractical at best. Collecting and diverting comets would be far easier and more beneficial. That being said, no method of terraforming is easy or inexpensive - so as far a "yay" or a "nay" goes - I would respond with a "meh". It's theoretically possible - but a lot more then just slinging gas canisters will be needed to make Venus habitable. I would say though that colonizing Venus will be a better investment than doing so with Mars.
Who is to say that that isn't what extraterrestrials are doing? Nevertheless, bear in mind that the uses of Dyson swarms go far beyond basic energy collection - the constituents of their mass are also made with living space and infrastructure in mind. All in all, a star is a lot more practical for a K2 civilization to live by and collect energy from. Plus, colonizing and utilizing the solar-system around a star offers countless opportunities for efficiency long before blackholes become possible to use. K3 civs may use blackholes more for various reasons, but in any case the Dyson Dilemma still poses its ominous question: Why don't we see the signs of interstellar industry anywhere? The only difference here being that now we need to consider why there isn't any activity around blackholes as well as stars. All in all, more questions are raised, rather than being eliminated.
I have uncovered some new information on this event that might interest all of you. According to new calculations based on data pulled by the famous GAIA satellite, the Milky Way/Andromeda collision will occur in 'only' 3.9 billion years, instead of the long-touted 4.5 billion years. You can read more about this newest revelation HERE.
Well said 41n75w! The above is indeed a very prudent plan of attack for colonizing the Moon. Our companion is a treasure-trove of resources, and its airless, exotic environment offers many advantages for industry over that of Earth. That being said, I still cannot see us settling our satellite in the way you outlined above without us already having a presence in space greater then that which we have now.
Just a heads up, I merged your new thread into this one, since asking questions about this sort of thing is what this thread is for.
As for your question, your hunch about the Gateway foundation spaceport is very much correct. The first megastructure humanity could conceivably build at future K1 civilization status would be a low orbit structure. The greatest use and reason why we would build such a expensive structure would be in the shipping of goods and equipment into space and for exploration thereof. Other possibilities include building a Skyhook or space-elevator, or anything else that would aid in strengthening orbital infrastructure.