When you read the history of humankind, you can see that our advancements have come from exploring(and conquering and inhabiting) novel lands and exploiting (the newly found) natural resources. This is illustrated in books like Sapiens and Guns, Germs, and Steel. Until the 19th century, the pace of these explorations was slow and gradual—there were still lands to be found and resources to be exploited. In the last couple of centuries, we went on an overdrive and exhausted all lands and resources. As of today, there is hardly a virgin land or a natural resource that humankind has not stepped on.
Where do we go from here?
Space is literally the next frontier for human development and progress.
Imagine the possibilities that will open up when:
- We mine asteroids and planets for minerals and natural resources.
- Set up colonies on planets and branch off from Earth.
- Dump our ever-growing lethal waste and garbage on remote planets and make Earth beautiful again.
Arthur C. Clarke stated—any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
The possibilities are endless, and we are only getting started.