Nice subtopic, but I think we've drifted off anything even vaguely related to the Drake Equation here...
Still, and this is also a "bit" off the Drake Equation, but let us assume hypothetically, that given the limitations we face in the vast distance needed to travel in space, the seemingly most practical method would not to send people off to explore, but AI instead.
I think it will not be too far off in the future before we will have probes which will be intelligent enough to make critical mission decision, removing the need for designers here on earth to have to A: attempt to account and program for all variables of a mission, and B: remove the current communication lags which are an inherent issue which mission planners also need to work out in the design stage to deal with the unforeseen problems which may show up.
Imagine if Cassini could have been able to determine it's exploration upon arriving at Saturn, Instead of NASA having to extend/change the original mission plan ( twice). I am not trying to take away from what was achieved. I just wonder if an inboard AI controlling the mission may have done it in a more efficient manner. Possible leading to even more knowledge being gained. .
Agreed, and money does influence elections. We need to prosecute people and also change the laws where applicable to place caps on things like superpacs, dark money, lobbying, etc. There are too many "legal" loopholes.
100% agree, but this is asking for the people that make the laws to cut out a great amount of the money that they now get. It's like asking a cop to give himself a speeding ticket.
While I can't give any details to the above, ( that would clearly be a TOS line crosser) I would like to point out, both the US and Canadian systems have robust and effective internal controls in place to prevent what is implied in the above.
Edited by Jim_V, 07 January 2020 - 07:52 PM.