UNSUSTAINABLE civilizations

As you might know, one of my favorite bands is Muse, and their song Unsustainable gave me the idea for today's post. Let's speculate a tiny bit on the idea, which goes like this (and is also how the song begins): All natural and technological processes proceed in such a way, that the availability of the remaining energy decreases. In …

TERRAFORMING planets

In science-fiction, we often venture to alien worlds or lifeless planets and settle there, building colonies or transforming the worlds in their entirety to support human life. The transformation of a planet's entire ecosystem to sustain human life, and most likely Terran flora and fauna as well, is called terraforming. There are different ways to terraform …

MEGASTRUCTURES

As we evolve and become more technological, our need for habitable space and energy continuously increases. Enter -- megastructures. Megastructures are artificial habitats of gigantic proportions, built to expand our territory without us having to fly out and colonize alien worlds. They range from modest sub-lunar sizes, to galaxy-encompassing constructions. Bernal Spheres A quite ingenious construction, …

The flexible definition of LIFE

Life, by our current understanding, is the quality which separates organized organic matter from inorganic matter---plants and animals from rocks and dirt. Life includes the capacity of growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continuous change toward death. But we'll probably have to redefine life once artificial life is added to the picture. ...Intelligent robots that can …