Friday, April 20, 2012

Outer Space

As a species, we are simultaneously stupid and smart. Smart enough to build robots we can live our dreams vicariously through. Stupid enough not to just... live our dreams.

Take the following footage. That should be us out there, not our robots. Put this sucker on full screen, watch and think about it.

Outer Space from Sander van den Berg on Vimeo.


  1. False dichotomy John.

    Technology IS our extended phenotype and our robots ARE us. Putting our big squishy, heavy, complex, and fragile bags of biomatter out in the solestial deeps is neither a sensible or survivable value proposition - at this juncture...,

    1. To paraphrase you, if we didn't have so many dumbasses running things, we'd be mining asteroids right now.

      I don't know about you, but this is one sloshy bag of meat that wants to out there, not watching it on TV.

  2. Call me after you've got it all terraformed and civilized or when the luxury orbital communities are in place from whence high-bandwidth robotic exploration will be mounted. Cameronesque robotic exploration of Europa seems about the most interesting pursuit that might unfold in our push out into the solar system. Though I'm not entirely certain I want a first look at lifeforms evolved in a subeuropan ocean that has never been touched by sunlight.