Why humans in space? The Space Review has the top three reasons: 3. To work. 2. To live. 1. To survive. ‘To work’ means doing stuff in space: research, explore, visit, etc. ‘To live’ means to have humans/life beyond Earth in colonies/settlements. ‘To survive’ means that putting humans/life beyond Earth is a very Good Thing in case a very Bad Thing happens to humans/life on Earth.
Archive for April 12th, 2005
[/.] misterpies writes “Of the many jobs robots could be put to use, here’s one I’ll bet not many slashdotters have considered – camel jockeys. According to the BBC, from next year racing camels in the United Arab Emirates will be ridden by robots. And for once, the folks put out of work won’t be complaining – mostly children (some as young as four) who are reportedly abducted or sold by their families to unscrupulous racing-camel owners. How long until we see robots take over from humans in other sports?”
daria42 writes “IBM has called for tighter regulation of patents and a review of intellectual property ownership issues in collaborative software development. The company is one of the largest patent-holders in the United States. IBM executive Jim Stallings said examining patents for prior art should not only be the job of the patent office but that the wider community should be involved. Stallings also called on the industry to stop what he calls “bad behaviour” by companies who either seek patents for unoriginal work or collect and hoard patents.”