Weekend Open Forum: Would you move off world?

By on July 12, 2013, 6:30 PM
weekend open forum, space, mars colony, mars, off world, climate change, global warming

Take a moment to sort through the myriad implications of leaving our planet and explain why you would or wouldn’t move off world. What are the social or environmental pressures that would convince you to leave? What technological advances would you insist humans achieve before you would consider it?

For example, average global temperatures will rise significantly by 2100, leading to rising sea levels, an increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and severe droughts and water shortages. Some of these events are already happening, all of them together will make our planet quite uncomfortable to live on. If you're of the dying breed of climate change denialists, there's always the zombie apocolypse to consider, too.

Elon Musk wants to build an 80,000 person colony on Mars, and every year we get closer to making space travel accessible for private citizens.

Abigail Harrison, who goes by Astronaut Abby, wants to be the first astronaut on Mars. She likely has more conviction than many when it comes to saying goodbye to Mother Earth; how hard would it be for you?




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1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

I think the title should be: "Would you move off Earth?".

ikesmasher said:

No, because all the people who thought they were smart would be leaving too, and those are the most dangerous people.

Guest said:

Well.. none of the foreseeable technological advances going to convince me to leave earth unless they can make a greener place somewhere. Even between all the natural disasters and having to deal with stupid people, our blue planet would still be too beautiful to leave.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

There are only two scenarios in which I would consider moving off world. First is if I am given command of my own intergalactic starship with which to conduct commerce and other economic-related activity. Therefore, I would insist that mankind develop starships and massive private drone armies...Because no star ship is complete without it's very own massive, private drone army. Second is if an extinction event were immanent. Obviously this means I would have to leave or face certain annihilation. As such, I would promptly hop the most convenient space ferry departing for Colony-Whatever-They'll-Call-It.

Outside of those two scenarios, I see no compelling reason to leave one helplessly confused human population for another that would doubtless be even more addled and speculative about itself and the nature of the universe.

1 person liked this | soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

The way the US is headed for the worse, yes I would. As long as I had internet, my own place to live and a job to keep me busy.

1 person liked this | aspleme said:

I don't think I would really be that picky about moving off planet, whether it was to another planet or two a space station or ship. I would want a reasonable number of people I get along with and like to be going too, and I'd also want reasonable communications with earth. An email or video to/from home once in a while would be nice and I'd want to be able to get ebooks and the occasional movie.

I think I'd have to be part of the command staff, if not directly in charge. I can live with foolish decisions here because the world and this country are vast enough that most decisions do little to affect me. As part of a colony leaving Earth, I don't think I could accept the same kind of foolish decisions.

There would need to time for recreation, just as there is here. It wouldn't be that bad to work long days some of the time, or even a lot of the time, but there needs to be more to life than working and sleeping. The food would also have to be decent... It would be hard to always be away from the woods, to never get to relax by a babbling brook or a winding stream, but I think with the right company (friends, not a business) it would be worth it.

Nima304 said:

I wouldn't leave unless Internet speeds and network latency in outer space improved significantly.

1 person liked this | psycros psycros said:

"If you're of the dying breed of climate change denialists, there's always the zombie apocolypse to consider, too."

Nobody is denying climate change - its called THE WEATHER, and its subject to multi-century and multi-millenia cycles. What a growing number of scientists, university staff, researchers and other highly educated people do have a problem with is the laughable scam known as "man-made climate change". A month doesn't go by now without more damning evidence leaking out. Sure, the media does all it can to suppress the truth, but that doesn't make it go away. Al Gore owns the largest carbon credit exchange on Earth. Nobody who is intellectually honest with themselves thinks that's a coincidence.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

No matter where you move, you would be taking the same problems with you. It would be better to (wish I could say: simply) fix issues, where you are now.

SirGCal SirGCal said:

As long as my Wheelchair doesn't kick me off the allowed list; hell yes I'd go. I'm just sick of what's all going on here. Although, I would hope they would screen and only let non-racists, biggets, etc. go. Try to finally put a stop to all that stupidity somewhere... But that wouldn't happen... I want my own private moon...

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

Just a month or two ago the guys over at earthsky reported an 11% increase in vegetation since 1982 which can be attributed to rising CO^2 levels and the effects it causes. So maybe we should consider that perhaps the earth can handle itself?

The earth has been around the block a few times, I'm not worried about it kicking the bucket anytime soon.

However, I don't plan on moving to any other planet. The earth is not even in the same league of beauty compared to any other planet, not to mention its meets all my needs like no other planet can.

Guest said:

Would I get to travel first-class ? It's a seriously long journey so no way I'm going coach.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Well, I wouldn't move to Mars, but I wouldn't have a problem living on and working on a star ship that ferries people across planets. Otherwise, I'd stay right here on Earth. Wouldn't have to live in a glass dome...I can go outside and get fresh air as I run barefoot through the soft grass...can't do that on Mars, lol.

domyz said:

I just realised I'm on a seriously nerd's website when I see questions like this.

2 people like this | treetops treetops said:

Idk I probably wouldnt sneeze as much on mars. maybe the lesser gravity would be good for my aching back. id go if I could teleport back and forth . a starship launch does not sound fun, even a airplane is a pain in the stomach.

The real question is... Will there be any women with 3 tits?

danhodge danhodge said:

Totally depends what civilization over there is like. I think I would, if I could get a career doing something I enjoy over there.

Would be nice to start over

Prosercunus said:

I couldn't play online games with decent latency.

Pass.

Nobina Nobina said:

Every other planet looks boring and monotone compared to the Earth, we were meant to live here and there's no way I would move to any other planet.

1 person liked this | blackbellysheep said:

If you can convince me the wraith isn't out there waiting, sure I'd go but I need a fully equipt battle cruiser capable of warp speed, my own personal shield with invisibility, a complete backup of earths internet, a capable crew and 30 porn stars of my choosing.

JC713 JC713 said:

I would move if it became unsafe. I am quite interested in this topic though. I am so excited for that movie Elysium (I think it is called that).

misor misor said:

If you can convince me the wraith isn't out there waiting, sure I'd go but I need a fully equipt battle cruiser capable of warp speed, my own personal shield with invisibility, a complete backup of earths internet, a capable crew and 30 porn stars of my choosing.

are you sure you are not Lucius Lavin from the Pegasus galaxy?

what is out there? the truth is out there...

tonylukac said:

The world is pretty awful, but I wouldn't want to die nor move off it. Wouldn't get internet or be able to read Techspot. Why are they on Mars when it takes 2 years to get there when they should colonize the moon? Don't we already have water/air shortages? Why take our air/water? Develop alchemy if you want to inhabit other planets.

MilwaukeeMike said:

For example, average global temperatures will rise significantly by 2100, leading to rising sea levels, an increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and severe droughts and water shortages. Some of these events are already happening, all of them together will make our planet quite uncomfortable to live on. If you're of the dying breed of climate change denialists, there's always the zombie apocolypse to consider, too.

So we'd move off earth to escape our environmental issues... to a place with far worse environmental issues? (I know you didn't specifically mention Mars, but I think that was implied.)

I will say this about Mars... it won't have any issues with rising sea levels. Deadly radiation from the sun perhaps, but we won't need flood insurance.

ess333 said:

Wait .. what !!!!, are people already buying tickets? where?

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Wait .. what !!!!, are people already buying tickets? where?
If they have the money and have already purchased a ticket, they deserve whatever fate comes their way. lol

Guest said:

Sure man, I heard martian women have a third nipple. The more the better. Where can I sign out Earth?

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Lag would be terrible, making multiplayer games a thing of the past. I don't know how a man could live like that.

Guest said:

But can we run crisis off world?

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Yes, solely for the fame Il get in the History books. Finding new worlds sounds exciting as well.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Pretty much done everything I've wanted to here on earth. Sure, why not?

Duckula22 Duckula22 said:

I would. If there's water and oxygen, and the weather would allow growing vegetables and keeping cattle, then I totally would.

jackal2687 said:

My wife and I have a standing bargain. If I die first she becomes Amish. If she dies first, I'm gonna get my ass to Mars.

Guest said:

I think there is a sense of romance, adventure and excitement in exploring anything new. Of course reality hits and some people don't make it while others survive and become famous.

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