Future Space Place
There seems to be a push back into a space, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say a pull towards a Type One Civilization (e.g. The Venus Project).
In 2006 Stephen Hawking stated the survival of the human species depends on its ability to colonize planets. "Once we spread out into space and establish colonies, our future should be safe."
Last month Virgin Galactic (from the same mogul that brought civilization Virgin Records and Virgin Mobil) successfully tested their new spaceliner, which will be able to take a small handful of folks at a time into sub-orbit for the fee of $200,000.
Wikipedia’s “list of private spaceflight companies” presents dozens of companies working on a variety of projects. Unfortunately most of these projects are either merely proposed or in development.
At the same time spaceports are being built all around the planet: Alaska, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Russia, Sweden, Scotland, Singapore, UAE, etc.
The factors stopping R&D in the fields of space colonization and developing a Type One Civilization, as well as solving the technical problems on earth (cultural division, natural disasters, pollution, curable disease, food, war, etc.) is the psychological institution monetarism (differential advantage), cultural beliefs (programming), and lethargy.
Imagine an island. Everyone living on the island, for one reason or another, has to get off that island and live on another. The populous of this island has a monetary system. The choices for the inhabitants are to either engage the empty formality of their monetary system as quickly as possible, or to ignore it (outgrow it) and simply do the research and build the systems that would save all the islanders.
During a scene that takes place on Seattle’s Space Needle, Palahniuk writes in Invisible Monsters, “When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?”
Either humanity undergoes a psychological evolution or we may not surivive. The following facts must be comprehended: that consciousness is fundamental, we are all roommates on the same sphere, that most of our social systems especially monetarism are obsolete and juvenile, or we may not survive.
“The generation now alive and our grandchildren are the most important generations ever to walk the earth. We are the generations that will determine whether we make the transitions from Type Zero to Type One [Civilization] or we destroy ourselves because of our arrogance and our weapons.” Michio Kaku.
Jacques Fresco, Project Director of the Venus Project explains his organization's mission: