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Elon Musk’s design vision

An evening pause: I’m not sure if his concept for a different way to interact with the computer is really the best way to do it, but his willingness to try something new makes it all worthwhile. There will — and have been — payoffs.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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4 comments

  • Alex

    Surprize! Surprize! Elon Mus is also able to listen – in this case to President Trump!

    Elon Musk Listens Intently as President Trump Lays Out Tax Plans for business

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2RQ6Jw4Rek

  • Alex

    Correcting: Elon Musk

  • steve mackelprang

    Most of the 3D manipulation as was shown on the little video I can already do, and have been doing for several years using a combination of a gaming mouse in one hand and a “3D Connexion Space Explorer” in the other hand, both of which are a few years old. The gee whiz factor of just waving ones hands around isn’t there, but I’m a bit skeptical as to the accuracy/utility of the stuff shown. The 3D printing is of course a game changer and as the technology matures manufacturing techniques not possible now will become commonplace. By using the additive techniques we can build things inside of things without the need for gaskets or flanges, which for instance makes handling hydrogen a more practical reality.

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