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A View From the Edge

Consumer tracking is everywhere

What’s a lump of rock worth?

In a previous article, I explained that the commercialization of space is underway — whole new futures are available. Many readers contacted me to say they cannot see the economics of space travel — yet. Rockets and technology development are expensive. What the heck are investors thinking? Big risk, little apparent gains to make.

Shifting population scary prospect

The immigration issue is complex, much more complex than simply calculating how many people have visas, those that do not, and those that want to travel over borders worldwide. 

The problem with morality

People use the words “tribalism” and “opposite sides” to describe American moral ethos these days and I feel they are labeling to outcome, not the cause. If we do not understand the cause, the core reasons for people’s decisions, for their seemingly intractable immoral positions, then they will never have any reason for listening, for reevaluating their position in the coming years. Whole civilizations have faltered in these divisive circumstances before.

Serious copyright and patent issues facing the United States deserve attention

Basically, copyright and patent protection is a way to give the little person a fair chance to make their mark in business, art and society. How do these protections work? When filed with the proper office, you get a piece of paper that says your invention (whether it be words on the page or a description of a mechanical device or a design) is indeed yours and the clock starts ticking. 

New strategy: Space is only GOP business

Hidden in the background noise of world affairs leaking and being generated from the White House was the appointment and swearing in of Congressman Jim Bridenstine as new head of NASA, who said, “NASA represents what is best about the United States of America: We lead, we discover, we pioneer and we inspire.”

New careers abound in the space industry

A  young person asked me the other day about careers in space. There’s always exploration -— astronaut training as mission specialists all the way up the capability level to actual commander of a space craft. But what struck me was that the possibilities for millions of jobs are quickly forming in fields that no-one previously ever thought could possibly interest anyone except technocrats. 

Trial by likes — the new democracy?

The new Wild West — outer space

Currently there are five companies building and strategizing rocket systems to go and mine the asteroid belt. Anything bigger than a tennis court that they dislodge — that could fall out of orbit and impact the Earth — would take out a large city. Anything the size of a NASCAR oval could spell the end of life on Earth as we know it. And to mine the minerals and resources on these asteroids they need to move them close to Earth.

Physics and a bigger car