So where is all the capital coming from for these amazing projects in places like Dubai (such as the gigantic pyramid meant to house one million people) or for this massive boom in space technology?
Here's an interesting story on the BBC, "Getting into Space by Broomstick, " about space elevator research. The hook here is that a scientist used a simple device with a broom to show the space elevator principle.
"From my point of view, the space elevator project is important because it enables a far more directly useful project - installation of large space solar power satellites around the Earth to provide continuous, cheap, CO2-neutral, environmentally friendly energy," said Benoit Michel of the Catholic University of Leuven, who attended the conference.Broom, hmm. Interesting symbolism there. The article also pictures the Taipei Tower illuminated obelisk for no apparent good reason.
"I firmly believe that the next century will have a large space-based industry and that industry will be the main energy provider for the whole mankind," he added.
Speaking of energy providers, here's a recent ad for Emirates, the official airline of Dubai. Fascinating copywriting there, don't you think? Does it mean "We don't really belong here?"
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