Again, I am Going to Mars…

Society’s 2016 Convention. Following up on the principles I outlined in my talk from last year on governing future Martian colonies, this year I will be outlining the complexity of funding public works projects on Mars. Here’s my abstract, for the technically inclined: A mission to Mars, manned or unmanned, requires substantial infrastructure in place to accomplish. This infrastructure is composed of communications, flight, and other components necessary to support a mission. A permanent outpost on Mars, or the Moon, also requires infrastructure for communications, water, power, and other things we consider public utilities on Earth. Financing such infrastructure is

Iceland on Mars

Last summer, when I spoke at the Mars Society Convention, I used Iceland as one of three comparison points for the expected evolution of self-governance on Mars. Today, the Mars Society posted an older link about a 2014 conference on establishing a bill of rights for Mars: How to create a bill of rights for Mars colonies Importantly, at the International Extraterrestrial Liberty Conference1, delegates used Iceland as the basis point for developing a governance strategy, though for slightly different reasons: [Iceland] is in a relatively isolated location with a low population. And, as on Mars, inhabitants also face a

“I love space robots!”

Like all good parents, I took the kids to see The Martian this afternoon. It was awesome, but that’s not the point. The first 15 minutes or so are legitimately scary, especially as Mark Watney (Matt Damon) performed an operation on himself. This still doesn’t do it justice, it was kind of graphic. Ducky, 3, spent this part of the movie with her head buried in my shoulder. To help her out, I whispered in her ear, the scary parts were over and it was about to get awesome. She whispered back, “Is he going to build a space robot.”