I was reading an article which mentioned how China may use technology in space to ram United States’ satellites to prevent spying and GPS and whatnot activities in wartime, and I thought to myself that China could also create satellites that may act like a last resort measure in which it would project indiscriminately projectiles to all satellites in an orbit, including the ones that China operates. Why I think China can also go this route? Well, let me see, in wartime China got the number on her side, because she got 1.3 billion people to draft from for a world war. If China can sacrifice her satellites to destroy all satellites of her enemies, then why not right? After all, when all satellites become inoperable, China can use traditional warfare tactics that do not rely on satellites to win war — she got the number on her side. Of course, this is only my imagination, because I don’t know if China has ever created something like this yet. Of course, the United States can do the same, but this means such technology would force the United States to fight blind. I think the United States prefers to have her satellites operating during wartime.
China is continuing to expand her space program, and so it’s not a surprise to see China just launches a new crewed space mission from Shenzhou. This mission is known as Shenzhou-11. It seems that this time the two astronauts of this new space mission will try to stay in space longer than any other Chinese astronaut had done before. Basically, this is another step for China to do trial and error test experimentation in her ambition to have a more complete, permanent space station in 2020.
Although the United States’ old grand strategy was almost forgotten since the fallen of the Soviet Union, but after so many unfinished businesses around the world such as in Afghanistan and elsewhere the United States may have to revisit an old grand strategy which is known as offshore balancing. According to Stephen Walt in the video right after the break, he suggests that the United States would be better off in foreign relations in applying offshore balancing for foreign relation building. Offshore balancing may save the United States from overspending in foreign policy matters, but offshore balancing isn’t discouraging in building healthy relations with foreign powers. Perhaps, if offshore balancing is done right, the United States may have even more friends than enemies while building a stronger nation at home. Anyhow, I guess no known strategy is invulnerable to everything, and so offshore balancing may not always be best for certain situations. In my opinion, Stephen Walt does sound very convincing in his argument that the offshore balancing may help the United States navigates the evermore dangerous globe in a more efficient and healthier manner.
I’m no geek in space stuffs, but I like to watch Star Trek TV shows and movies sometimes. Anyhow, whenever I see Star Trek’s spaceship such as the Enterprise, I dream that I could be on one. In my opinion, space faring is very cool.
In reality, we can’t travel anywhere far away from our planet earth yet. Sure, we can send robotic crafts to a distant planet, but such a planet would still be within our solar system. Perhaps, making as far as the edge of our solar system is already a great achievement in our time.
Talking about space faring to a hospitable planet which resides in another galaxy is totally a fantasy still. How come? According to the Internet, the closest galaxy is like 25,000 light-years away. Our human civilization might already be extinct by then if we’re not careful.
Traveling to another galaxy requires technology which we can only fantasize at the moment. Warping in space is one of such technologies. Another one is using a wormhole to take a shortcut in space. These technologies require immense energy, and our current technologies are in no way near in having such advancements.
Nonetheless, if one day we can harness immense energy and know how to utilize such energy, I like to suggest that we should not build a spaceship like the Enterprise. How come? Such a spaceship is too small and not sustainable for generations of space faring creatures.
I think we should create a spaceship that is immense in size and has similar shape to earth. Such a craft should be at least 1/3 of the earth size, because such a huge craft can sustain artificial ecosystems that are similar to earth. This way, generations of space faring creatures can survive and thrive for a long time — making our way to another galaxy should be doable by then.
Such a craft may need a technology to harness the stars, and making such stars as if they’re the gas stations in space. Warp and wormhole technologies are the must have technologies, because these technologies could aid in speeding up the journey to another galaxy. Anyhow, as the human race advances, we may be able to see the children of much later generations to take on such a bold adventure — traveling to another galaxy.
This June, No Man’s Sky will be released on the 21st of the month. This is one of those games that I can’t wait to get my game on. The game is about an almost infinite galaxies and planets that you can travel to and explore. From what I’d heard the travel between planets and galaxies is seamless. An open world where wonders and monsters await, and each trip can be randomly dangerous. If not prepare ahead, your next trip in No Man’s Sky may be a trip to hell.
Enough about the game, because I want to focus on something else entirely in this blog post. I mentioned No Man’s Sky, because the game is special and unique since it would almost indefinitely generate new instances of parts of the universe that you travel through in your spaceship. This means game assets and whatnot are going to be randomly created all the time through an algorithm. This makes me wonder perhaps our real universe is also infinite.
When we escaped the planet earth, we suddenly realized the surmise of round earth is true. We see galaxies, but we can’t get there. We can’t really see the edge of the universe, because a simplest, smallest distance between earth and another planet is already too huge. Just imagine an ant craws across a hill, and this ant must have thought that the hill is a galaxy. How would the ant know that there is a universe in which humans are aim to travel across, right?
Imagine the real universe is also being instantly generated indefinitely, thus us humans would probably never be able to see the real edge of the universe. Because, the edge of the universe would also be expanded farther and farther with no end in sight. What if there are multiple universes that would never allow one realm to travel to another, but these realms are so different and have infinite generated instances? Imagine the laws of physics would be so different from one realm to another.
I think as human civilization gets bolder with space, one day we may do No Man’s Sky for real. Right now I can’t wait to play No Man’s Sky on PC, but our human civilization can’t wait to escape this space region. I think nuclear power and the likes are progress, but only if us humans can be civilized. Such technologies can catapult us humans out of this space region and go interstellar. Nonetheless, we may go extinct if we can’t be civilized among ourselves.
Once upon a time, cloning was a fairy tale, a fiction in which we lied to ourselves so we could sound fancy and futuristic. Nowadays, cloning is no longer a fiction but fact, but our current mindsets have been pushing back against human cloning at the very least. We have outdone ourselves even more since then, because now we have the technology to manipulate genes. In Europe and America, the governments may have tighter regulations over what sciences can be experimenting with, but in China they have less regulations in this regard. Thus, in the video right after the break, the subjects within are about how China is encouraging their scientists and the likes to explore the controversial realms of science — according to the West — and these are cloning, genetic engineering, and so much more.
Personally, I think genetically engineering a clone living being is to maximizing the potential of a living being. Nonetheless, genes are not the only things that could influence the growth potential of a living being, because environment factors do play equally important roles as genes. This is why we have seen some smart human beings got stupid history records, because their environmental history had affected their past and possibly future decisions.
You can genetically engineer a super smart person, but his or her prospect won’t be very bright if you put him or her in poverty stricken environment. This individual would have faced unfavorable environment factors that could affect his or her future. For an example, he or she may sell drugs to make money, but he or she got pretty good at making a living illegally for he or she got pretty good genes and high IQ. This is why I don’t think genetic engineering is everything, because genetic engineering is only favorable when it could be maximizing.
If you can’t maximizing a designer baby’s potential, this baby may grow up in a way that his or her history would eventually turn him or her into another Hitler. You never know! I can’t stress enough on the importance of the environment, because you may never know how a designer baby would grow up when his or her potential is about balancing between the genes and the environment.
Although I do feel genetically engineering a living being is somewhat risky, but I do admit I can see the potential for such technology. This technology can improve a living being’s potential as long the living being is being nurtured in a very good environment. It’s like a smart student who has a very good teacher may turn out to be a very good specialist than otherwise. I do see genetic engineering a living being technology can potentially encourage society to look down on nature. What would happen when nature could do a better job than the scientists in engineering a living being? This is why genetic engineering a living being isn’t a sure thing!
In summary, I don’t have anything against genetic engineering and clone technologies, but I do hope society could see that the universe is much more complex than scientists in a lab, designing a living being. I think we can copy God, but I don’t think we can outsmart God. After all, we are living in a fishbowl, and like a fish we would never figure out the real meaning of not being a fish in a fishbowl. By the way, God could be a force, an energy, a whatever that created our universe, and perhaps each universe has its own God. Thus, to me God is like a scientific force and not a religious one. Regardless, what I’m saying is we are a part of this universe, and so to think outside of this universe won’t be so easy. Thus we should tread carefully when it comes down to add or minus something in which could drastically change our society’s fundamentals and beliefs.