The opportunities to create revenue in space are growing day by day, and we need to act on them now.

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Since the “space race” began in earnest over six decades ago, our quest to conquer the cold vacuum which starts roughly 62 miles above us has bestowed upon us vast amounts of inspiration, driven rapid growth in STEM careers, providing new technologies, and advanced our understanding of the universe in ways not even some science fiction authors might have guessed.

The idea that “good things come to those who wait” is no better represented by any business opportunities than those found in the space sector.

One of the first ways to generate revenue in space that comes to mind is…

Proxima Centauri b is the nearest exoplanet to us outside the Solar System, and it may be more habitable than previously thought.

Artist’s conception of Proxima Centauri b surface, NASA Image Gallery

4.244 light years away, the triple star system known as Alpha Centauri — our nearest stellar neighbor — a small exoplanet orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. This is Proxima Centauri b, and it may be the most habitable exoplanet we have evidence of.

At nearly 25 trillion miles distant, Proxima Centauri b is unfathomably far away from us at our current ability to travel in space. …

What happens when your job is to slow the Grim Reaper’s inevitable march?

As the Covid-19 pandemic crisis wears on, first responders and other front-line personnel, particularly in the medical field, continue to be infected at a greater rate than most of the population. In turn, they get sick, and die, and all because of their dedication to saving lives.

I worked with doctors for five years, not in a clinical setting but in medical and pharmaceutical research. …

Why we need to leave Earth while making sure we don’t leave Earth behind.

Earth at night ©Modis / NASA

Currently home to 7.7 billion human beings…

A world which has seen 108 billion humans exist since the beginning of our species…

Earth has been our home for several hundred thousand years, and home to millions upon millions of species, and trillions of organisms, for over 3 billion years.

By 2050, United Nations population researchers project that there may be 9.7 billion people alive at once.

The earliest human ancestors appeared in Africa between 5 and 7 million years ago, with the first of them spreading outward into Europe and Asia beginning roughly 2 million years ago. Our most modern…

And What Aging Means in the 21st Century

“Then-Senator Glenn joined the STS-95 Discovery crew in 1998, becoming the oldest person to fly in space at 77.” — ©NASA

My great-grandmother Beulah passed away in 1981. She was 91.

Her daughter died in 1987 at the age of 74.

My great-grandfather Arthur passed away in 1985. He was 96.

His son died in 1996 at the age of 79.

My great-grandparents lived longer, healthier lives, it seems, than their children, contrary to what I was hearing about on the news or reading about in books.

And that is on my mother’s side…

My father’s parents were even less fortunate, passing away at the ages of 64 and 62.

My great-grandparents died of what could simply be called “old age”…

Space tourism will be a big driver for development of the space economy.

View from SpaceX Crew Dragon: This might be your view from a space hotel. © NASA

The concept of space tourism is somewhat new to science fiction, arriving primarily in the works of mid-20th century authors and quickly appearing in television and films. Being able to visit space, see the Earth as very few humans have ever seen it — like Carl Sagan’s “pale blue dot” — and enjoy amenities only available in zero gravity notwithstanding, a vacation in space (spay-cation?) would quite simply be amazing for most of us.

Humanity’s first real “space hotel” will be called the Voyager Station, and it could be open to guests as early as 2027. Circling over Earth at…

Getting the word out about life extension is a lot harder than it should be.

© Susanne Palmer

It doesn’t help that there are many terms for what is essentially the same thing: anti-aging, rejuvenation, life extension, and longevity. And then some terms are often conflated with the meanings of those words, such as “immortality,” but which have very different meanings.

Despite a growing catalog of legitimate R&D accomplishments, the field of human longevity technology hasn’t reached the point yet where it’s a regular topic around multi-generational Sunday dinner tables.

As scientific discovery in the field of human longevity continues to gather momentum, the continuing lack of understanding and general knowledge about life extension will become a significant…

In the near future, our robot cousins will need to behave if we are to avoid an apocalyptic robot war.

“Although the Singularity has many faces, its most important implication is this: our technology will match and then vastly exceed the refinement and suppleness of what we regard as the best of human traits.”

― Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

“Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.”

-Vernor Vinge, The Coming Technological Singularity

Mr. Vinge and Mr. Kurzweil have been two of the leading proponents of the idea of the technological singularity, which is the concept that artificial intelligence and technological…

The quest for artificial intelligence could yield something that not only out-thinks humanity but can also feel emotion like us.

“Sentience” is a word with seriously heavy connotations that also tend to hold different meaning to different people and under differing circumstances.

First, some definitions are in order:

Intelligence: 1 a: the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations. b: the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one’s environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (as tests) 2: mental acuteness. (Merriam-Webster)

Sentient: 1: responsive to or conscious of sense impressions: sentient beings. 2: aware 3: finely sensitive in perception or feeling (Merriam-Webster)

Will our interstellar cousins want to eat us?

The idea that the alien life forms we may someday make contact with will want little more than simply to rip us limb from limb and devour our flesh to satiate their interstellar appetites isn’t new. It’s definitely been one of the most basic notions about extraterrestrial life since the early 20th century and Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast.

However, aliens weren’t always the “bad guys”. In the earliest days of thought regarding potential alien life, after the Copernican Revolution began and the invention of the telescope and proof that there were many other celestial bodies, the…

A. S. Deller

Startup product manager. Sci fi, Fantasy and Science writer.

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