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Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 5, Informative) 483

During the question and answer period after his announcement he said that if someone got there and changed their minds, they could return on the return trip of the spaceship. The intention is to reuse the ships so the will be coming back to be refitted and relaunched to be used again.

He also stated that one of the qualifications to go is that you have to be able to answer YES to the question, are you prepared to die - he expects it to be VERY dangerous.

I respect his ambition and his vision.

Comment Re:Complete nonsense (Score 1) 400

You seem to suffer from the Slashdot syndrome in wanting to find someway to disagree no matter how silly it makes you look.

I doubt you will find anyone that think ALL TRUCK DRIVERS will disappear in the next 4 years. But some will. Companies are pushing hard to replace the inefficient human driver that drives up insurance rates and can only operate a limited number of hours per day. It's not about technology, it is about MONEY. And OTR drivers can begin to be eliminated in the next 4 or 5 years. How fast depends on how many accidents occur, and I expect there will be fewer.

Farming is rapidly being invaded with robotics, from feeding systems to harvesting system. Tomatoes are already harvested in many cases by robotic pickers. There is a fully automated lecture "factory" being built in Japan (?) which will raise the lettuce from seed to shipping.

The list goes on and on. Not over night, and not instant assimilation, but 6% in 4 years is very attainable.

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