Steve Wolfe just sent me a call for papers that’s right up my (and perhaps some of my readers’) alley:
I am chairing an interesting program at the ISDC this year titled the Space Settlement Policy Forum. It will be held June 5th in Washington, DC. Forum details and agenda are attached.
Though most consider discussion of space settlement related policies to be academic, for Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other leaders the reality of space settlement is an imminent and highly desirable probability. In this forum we will take a sober look at the laws and policies that would or should be implemented in order to facilitate and encourage space settlement development. The Forum will address this broad challenge without presuming a single ‘silver bullet’ solution.
Topic Categories Include:
How Current Space Law Encourages and Inhibits Space Settlement Development
Potential Government Incentives for Private Funding of Space Settlements
Changes to International Law to Enable Space Settlement Development
Licensing Regime for Space Settlement Development and Construction—What would it look like?
Proper Role of Government in Space Settlement Development: Leading the Way or Being a Cheer Leader?
What Are the Space Settlement Enabling Technologies That Government Agencies Should Be Investing In Now?
Presentation Submission Guidelines:
Prepare a 15-minute to present with slides
Prepare a paper of not less than 3-pages that will be publish in the proceedings of the conference.
The presentation must recommend, and argue for, a particular legal or regulatory change directly related to space settlement
The paper must provide a summary that includes specific recommendations for policy change
I’ve never given our 65″ Vizio (which we bought a year ago) our wifi password. It has no information other than what comes in through the HDMI cable. It’s purely a monitor. I don’t talk to Google, and I won’t get an Alexa. I’ve never installed Facebook on my phone, and I turn off my location unless I need it. I don’t want the tech giants spying on me and selling my data. Because at some point, the government is going to demand it, and they’ll comply.
I’m well into my sixties now, but I don’t feel old at all. Or at least, no more so than I did twenty years ago. In some ways, probably because of improved diet, I feel like I’m in better shape. I do need to work out, though. I’m planning a lot of business travel this year, and starting a new space venture, and I feel as up to it (perhaps more, given my experience) as I ever have.
Yes. When I was a kid, people dressed up to fly, but of course, airline tickets were much more expensive prior to deregulation. I wear business casual when I fly, but this is one of the reasons that it was so stupid of the head of TSA to make air marshals wear business suits. It made them stick out, and obvious which ones they were.
I’ve been saying this for years. The problem isn’t coming up with enough calories; it’s about feeding people a healthy diet. But the calorie-counting insanity is going to cause poor health all over, not just in the West.
Thoughts from Roger Kimball on his “pathetic crusade” against Trump. I agree that the criticism, particularly after he got Trump’s endorsement for Senate, was a churlish act of ingratitude. As I noted on Twitter, Trump was right; if Romney had gone after con-man Obama the way that he went after Trump, he’d have beaten him.