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Re: [Fwd: starship-design: HIGHLY OPTIMIZED TOLERANCE]
Curtis Manges wrote:
> Sure. That's what got us where we are today. We aren't the fastest or strongest
> in anything, but we're mediocre in so _many_ things that we've managed to
> overtake all of it. I've got a personal theory about space-faring races: one of
> the requirements is that they be able to eat just about anything.
Hmm I picture the Tasmanian devil from Bugs Bunny in a space suit.
My own view is that the technology of a space faring race is about
early 1980's era and very boot-strap-able. This is because things have
be repair-able and easy to manufacture by hand if need be. In a closed
environment the type of non recycle-able waste is the major limiting
of growth. Take computers, you don't need Star-trek type technology to
run 99% of the stuff computers are used for. What you need is simple
rugged technology, that does not die after 10 years of storage or use.
"We do not inherit our time on this planet from our parents...
We borrow it from our children."
The Lagging edge of technology: