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Sunday, 27 December 2015

What Could Go Wrong in this Futuristic Utopia?


  
 I wonder if humans will ever go to other planets or learn the art of terraforming worlds. Imagine planets the size of Earth or bigger - so many that each planet only has a population of say; 20,000 people. Also indulge the thought of having vehicles, like in the above picture. We would fly everywhere and leave the Eco system alone as much as possible.

Could it ever be done? Would we be smart enough to do it? Definitely maybe?

Sometimes I look at great images like this and dream on. A city with no roads going to or from and the wilderness can continue. Perhaps the agricultural fields growing all the food are on giant wheels in space - revolving cylindrical platforms with artificial light from giant solar panels. Here such agricultural needs could be produced without too much damage to the environment. I don't even want to imagine man made fields on this lush, wild and untamed planet

It does make one realise that large groups of people require vast areas of land just to feed ourselves. I think that's why I'm fantasising that there are cylinder ring worlds for growing food, leaving planets free from too much people infection. Maybe there are robotic crews tending the fields with a skeleton crew of humans doing the maintenance work. You know – fly out of the city and up into space to the agricultural cylinders with the robotic combine harvester and robotic fruit pickers etc.

Creating the vision is the foundation of ideas, but plans never always work out the way we view them on a drawing board. There is always some unforeseen factor thrown in. I keep thinking that this wonderful city in the wilderness of an untamed planet needs fields for food - huge areas of cultivation - something man made and scaring the landscape - corrupting it to feed the inhabitants of the picturesque city.

What things could go wrong? What things are being neglected in this fine image of Utopian and futuristic beauty? 
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