Inspired by the race to Mars by SpaceX and others, I wondered immediately about the likelihood or not of humans actually reaching other planets, or more ambitiously stars. It seems to me with the other race that is on at the moment, the one to achieve Artificial Intelligence, there might be a cloud looming over the possibility that it will actually be humans who make the trip. Perhaps it will be robots.
And that led to the questions: Will they do it for us, or for themselves? And if they turn out to do it for us, will they bother to come back for us? Will they be "Good Robots"?
He has a plan. Elon Musk famously stated he founded SpaceX because he was frustrated NASA wasn't taking humanity to Mars fast enough. He was worried there was no 'Planet B' in the face of impending apocalypse - be it asteroid strike, solar flare, nuclear armageddon - or climate change.
And then after writing this bit of thematic space music, and listening to it, I couldn't help imagining something completely different. The main melody just makes me think of a 1970's bad cop show. And once that thought is inside your head, you just can't get rid of it ...
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