Monday, 6 June 2016
Does History Repeat Itself?
if space travel is limited to sub-light velocities, then interstellar imperialism or even colonization become less probable;
when technology generates abundant wealth, there will no longer be any reason either to hoard wealth or to fight for sources of wealth;
if mankind does not contact alien intelligences but instrad creates artificial intelligences, then the interaction between organic and artificial intelligences might move history in an entirely new direction.
In presenting this summary, we have touched on two other issues to which Anderson presents different answers:
Is faster than light travel possible? If so, how? If not, then how might slower than light interstellar travel be made practicable?
Is Artificial Intelligence possible? If so, would people create it and what would be its consequences?