Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weiner illustrate the potential of the new technologies and where they might lead us in their book, “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.” As more agencies, such as Space X, begin to emerge, space exploration is opening up to the public. The possibilities of where this technology might take us are intriguing yet there is some skepticism in how far humanity will be able to take it. Space tourism has become a very real market for the future that is once again turning heads to the sky. As the opportunity and ideas continue to build around space exploration, we must also be asking the ethical questions as well. This type of technology is expensive. So much so that it’s hard to reason with putting our money in the skies when we have already have limited funds on the ground.
No matter what this adventurous technology ends up turning into, I am sure it’s going to leave its place in the history books. That being said, it is vital that we document the feelings and emotions of our progress so that society can go back and analyze the path we took. Capturing the oral history of these developments is an important and unique way to record the history. In the same way StoryCorp records peoples perspectives and feelings about history, we should talking to the leaders in space exploration to understand what they are in search of and their overall motives in general.
If I was going to sit down with someone in our world today and discuss the potential of our technologies and where they’re headed I would grab a cup of coffee with Elon Musk. I would ask him questions about space exploration, how far he thinks we can go. I would press the reality of artificial intelligence and weigh out the potential benefits and drawbacks. I would try to get an optimistic perspective from him as well as his skepticisms and where he truly thinks we are headed.