This is why we must preserve the light of consciousness by becoming a spacefaring civilization & extending life to other planets https://t.co/UDDP8I1zsS
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 25, 2018
Courtesy of Inverse:
Humanity needs to become a multi-planetary species to “preserve the light of consciousness,” Elon Musk told his Twitter followers on Monday. The SpaceX CEO’s company is developing a rocket that can travel to Mars and refuel at specially-built stations to continue its journey, but while the “BFR” project sounds like a cool science-advancing feat, Musk’s comments suggest he sees a deeper meaning in interplanetary expansion.
Musk was responding to a Universal Science article on a study about the Fermi paradox released by the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. The paradox concerns the fact that there’s a high probability that there is more intelligent life in the universe than just us, yet there seems to be no evidence of its existence. The researchers looked at the Drake equation that aims to determine the number of extraterrestrial civilizations that we could theoretically establish communication with. The team considered the possible values that could fit into the equation, looking at the possible extremities, and determined the probability that humanity is alone in the galaxy is around 30 percent.
“It is unknown whether we are the only civilization currently alive in the observable universe, but any chance that we are is added impetus for extending life beyond Earth,” Musk told his 22 million followers, later writing that “we are essentially a steward of life & duty-bound IMO to ensure its continuance.” Musk also noted that “it would be amazing to encounter an alien civilization, provided it is not their invasion fleet!” in response to a comment about the “Goldilocks zone” around stars that could help planets theoretically support life similar to ours.
Okay, I have literally been making the argument that mankind must colonize other planets for decades now.
If our species is going to survive we must get off of this rock and move to new as yet unexplored planets.
I am not much for the idea of destiny, but if mankind has one that is it.
I would also like to see an ethics and morality test applied to every human that wants to explore or colonize space.
The last thing we need is to send a Donald Trump or Adolph Hitler type into the cosmos and infect space with the very worst our planet has to offer.
If, and when, we do this we must take extreme measures to avoid making the mistakes of those who ran roughshod over this planet and carelessly destroyed indigenous creatures and wiped out aboriginal cultures.
I am not at all sure that we are the only creatures with consciousness in existence, but if we are we must make sure that our so-called enlightenment guides our actions, not our greed.