Category Archives: The Future

Gerard K. O’Neill’s 2081 is now an SSI Kindle Book!

***The SSI Kindle Edition Free giveaway promotion ended September 10th. If you missed it, the price is just $6..99 USD, a minor investment in a major future!***

Gerard K. O'Neill's 2081

Gerard K. O’Neill’s hopeful book of the human future, 2081, is now an SSI Kindle release!

What is 2081?

Gerard K. O’Neill’s The High Frontier is a classic of the Space Industry. World famous, it has been called “the book that launched a thousand Space careers.” 2081 may be lesser known but, believe us, it is no less fascinating or important. Here is the description we have put on the Kindle edition Amazon page:

E Ink slate tablets instead of paper books, grocery stores that let you check out without stopping for a cashier, instant as-needed delivery of any item by intelligent systems, electric cars that go where you tell them without your having to pay attention, super-fast and silent underground public transportation that people actually enjoy riding, whole communities enjoying island climates in the middle of snowy winters, working from home with all of the human interaction of going to a job, carts that politely follow you carrying your loads and ready to guide you when you’ve lost your way, houses that listen and are always ready to answer any question or organize any part of your life, cheap energy to fuel every device without adding to the carbon, heat or disposal issues of fossil and nuclear fuels. This is your world in 2081.

Princeton Nuclear Physicist Gerard K. O’Neill, most famous for revolutionizing high energy physics labs and particle accelerators with his invention of Storage Ring technologies, and for his view of the potential for thousands of regular people to enjoy satisfying and productive jobs and lives in Space, looked back at the history of looking forward, looked at the realities of where we were in 1981 and envisioned, logically, how regular people would be living in the year 2081. Some of the gadgets and infrastructure that he thought would take a hundred years are with us already, others are in the news today as being right around the corner and some are just waiting for smart people to understand the need for them and make them real parts of our daily lives.

“This book is in four parts. In the first, ‘The Art of Prophecy,’ we’ll explore in a pragmatic way the lessons that can be learned from the colorful history of earlier attempts at predicting the future. In the second, ‘The Drivers of Change,’ I’ll describe five developments that I believe will determine, alone and in combination, the course of the next hundred years. In the third part, ‘Life in 2081,’ I invite you to join me in a tour through the world in which our great-grandchildren will just be at their prime. In the fourth part, ‘Wild Cards,’ we’ll explore the most exciting developments of a century from now that are just at the limits of possibility – and some that are, perhaps, well beyond those limits.”

“It’s an exciting future that I’m predicting, even more different from the late twentieth-century than our own time is from 1881. Some people may be frightened rather than attracted by the prospect of so much change still to come. But we need not be afraid if we approach the future armed with understanding.”

“We have a responsibility beyond mere curiosity to learn as much about the future as we can, because we must choose those actions that will insure not only the survival of humanity, but an improvement in its condition.”

Gerard K. O’Neill


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SSI 10th Conference Remarks Document Cover

This is the 90th Birthday week of Space Studies Institute’s founder Gerard K. O’Neill and over on the Space Studies Institute Facebook Page we’ve been posting some snippets from Gerry’s Opening Remarks at the 10th SSI-Princeton Conference on Space Manufacturing.

It was O’Neill’s last time together with the whole SSI membership, scientists and engineers and this short conference opener was, as they say, “A Doozy.”  There is nothing unclear or fluffy in the Professor’s words.

Acquiring copies of the complete collection of SSI Conference Proceedings is an expensive task for individuals, mostly these books are part of private research libraries, so there’s a chance that many even in the SSI family haven’t yet seen all of the details of the real work that can make The High Frontier Concept a reality.  We’re working on ways to make the volumes more accessible, but for right now we’d like to share with you this one small but very important chapter… The full text of those Gerard K. O’Neill Opening Remarks.

If you’ve been reading the quotes on the Facebook page and want more in context, or if you just stopped by here and are open for a very good read, it’s all yours on a free PDF from SSI.  I’ve read it myself and it clocks in at less than 6 minutes… but it packs quite a punch.

90 times Earth has moved around the sun since Gerard O’Neill was born, 40 times since he and Tasha started SSI to work on making a better future for Human Beings.  How many more times does the planet have to run in circles before we take it upon ourselves to pitch in and help its people truly get somewhere?

Click here right now to download and read this free PDF

It’s high time to get people moving toward The High Frontier.

SSI Exotic Propulsion Initiative releases and International News

From the SSI Facebook page:

“September 2016 Paul March of Eagleworks does two hours on the drive at the Breakthrough Propulsion Workshop in Estes Park, Colorado (and says that the Chinese “don’t have …”).

November the digital paper comes out.

December The Space Studies Institute releases the complete video of Paul March’s presentation on the SSI YouTube Channel.

… and China makes an announcement.

Prestige and Face are big motivators, very much looking forward to seeing who actually flies first with complete openness to international verification.”

http://www.popsci.com/emdrive-engine-space-travel-china-success

 


the complete playlist of the 2016 Breakthrough Propulsion Workshop. For individual videos, see Day One, Day Two and Day Three.

Embry-Riddle Commercial Space Operations visits SSI

Dr Justin Karl's CSO101 class at the SDSDI Library March 2016CSO Students l-r: John Key, Rodrigo Bustamante, Nick Altiser, Ashley Hollis-Bussey, Daniel Johnson, Hayley Lewis, Olivia Kirk, CSO Professor Justin Karl. Photo by Doug Messier of parabolicarc.com

At this moment there are six amazing students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach exploring the stacks at the SSI Library at the Mojave Spaceport.  They have a long list of things to do around the area and we are very happy that they could spend some time with us.

Their helping to get the thousands of classic SSI slides re-digitized is going to be a great boon for all SSI researchers but, to be honest, after spending time with them on Sunday I have to say it is even more satisfying to find that the resources of the library appear so interesting to them all on a personal level.

We’ve spent time with various students from various schools over the past several months and while it is nice to hear “I’m going to be the next Elon Musk” it is even better to sit down and talk Mass-Drivers and Solar Power Satellites and – most importantly – to see that THE REASONS that Space can be a benefit to all the people of Earth are being understood and taken to heart by individuals who are now standing on the verge of becoming Leaders in the industry.

Of course, a substantial part of the credit for new eyes already being open to wider potentials goes to their Professor, SSI Senior Associate Dr. Justin Karl.  Dr. Karl’s CSO101 classes have The High Frontier as required reading.  THAT is awesome.  THAT makes a difference.

And more on THAT will be coming soon as we have asked Dr. Karl to give us all some information after they get a chance to come up for air from their whirlwind working tour of the legendary Antelope Valley Space centers.