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Speaking of Colonization…

…this article on the recent STAIF conference discusses it. Unfortunately, it falls prey to the gold-rush-of-the-week’s companion problem: the focus on whizbang new technologies as requirements for settlement to take place.

Again, what seems to be missing is discussion of the old-fashioned technologies, like monetary and banking systems, stock and commodities markets, trade systems, etc. that will result in a stable, diversified extraterrestrial economy. “Technology-über-alles” is really no more helpful than the “Science-über-alles” attitude that has afflicted space exploration since its inception.

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