We stand at the dawn of the space age, a time when we can see the very, very beginning of exploring the vastness of the unknown.
The live-streamed launch of a space rocket is the new entertainment for the revolutionary generation, the millennials who think they can really change the world.
Empowered by the digital revolution and even the crypto revolution, astute many of them and some of them actual geniuses, a new era is at inception where kids play almost at the same level as vast governments.
On the latter, China’s many trillion economy eyes a space economy. Conquering the moon, their dream apparently:
“Bao Weimin, who is the chief of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s science and technology commission, said Wednesday at a forum in Beijing that the country plans to set up the economic zone in cislunar space — the area lying inside the moon’s orbit — within the next few decades…
Citing the vast economic potential of the project, Bao said in future China will expand research into reliable, low-cost aerospace transport systems featuring regular spaceflights to and from Earth. The country will seek to master the basic technology by 2030, build such a system by 2040, and establish the economic zone sometime around 2050.
The zone could generate an output of $10 trillion by mid-century, the newspaper report said.”
Musk’s response was probably to say: compete with this. That being a rocket that just launched (pictured above) to add to the “Of Course I Still Love You,” army of Space X rockets with 60 satellites to join.
We would have gone with “Love is a revolutionary act,” or far more daringly “TO BROMANCE,” for little is spoken of the need to love thy neighbor, but “I still love you” is good too.
Whether we still love NASA, on the other hand, is not too clear, but while SpaceX is well known for their huge rockets, there are small ones too.
Rocket Lab entertained thousands with their livestreamed launch of a satellite from the beautiful scenery of New Zealand. There are apparently many sorts of rocket launchers.
Kids with toys verses states with bureaucracies is quite a race you’d think, but how do we determine who wins?
The Bitcoin Test
For the pleasure of imagination and solely for entertainment, we’ll insta-create a tale of what might happen in a small corner of the universe in 2050.
As they tell it, a story was once told at the dawn of the space age of how the ingenuity of man was to break the speed of light by accident and due to necessity from the love of life.
Stranded and isolated from the most beautiful woman to have ever lived – well as far as he was concerned anyway – little else consumed the mind of a man on Mars than how to live stream to earth.
His attempts were to follow those of many who had failed, but so it happened he was to make a new friend, a bitcoiner, who had just landed from the earth and was experiencing a longing for the silliness still on-going in the bitcoin blockchain, a network that now had smart contracts and much else.
It so happened this man on his way had stopped to quite a few space stations, and on the first one, he had left a bitcoin node.
Connecting this node to the earth network was easy due to the relatively close distance. But connecting to that node from the second space station was far more difficult. Yet, once he did, he noticed something.
While there was lag from the first space station node to earth, there was almost no lag between the two space stations.
He couldn’t quite figure out why, but he repeated exactly what he did at the second space station on the third one. On the fourth it did not work, so he went back to the third one to see what was different. He didn’t know.
This man in question had an extraordinary quality of photogenic memory. He could take a very vivid picture of his surroundings. So that’s what he did and tried again. This time it worked.
He figured he was tired, so he rested. Then repeated this station hoping with nodes all the way to Mars. There he was now to repeat the ritual, and to the delight of all, it moved for two blocks, but then it appeared to not work.
He had calculated what the block number should be since the last time he had connected at the space station. It now should be a lot higher, but it was no longer moving.
His new friend, who had hoped this could be a way to connect with Rosalina, could bear it no more and left for the earth.
There he learned bitcoin had experienced a chain-split fork. It was a sudden emergency upgrade because of some bug, so the old chain had been discarded precisely at the last block that was received on Mars. It so happens it occurred just when they connected too.
They had no idea people were trying to connect to bitcoin in deep space. They had considered it impossible, so they had not bothered to put a message on the blockchain to the above effect.
Nor could they believe the space-man story, claiming if he could connect to them, then they should be able to connect to him. That, however, was the second aim of the bitcoin explorer. He would have had to go back to earth with all the node details and zoom in node to node from the earth. For now, he was going back to the space station which also had stopped working.
Sensing a potential discovery, more explorers went to see these nodes, but they could make no sense of any of it, nor could they find the bitcoin explorer for he did not wish to reveal himself to mere mortals.
Learning of this, Rosalina’s lover was torn as he did not wish to leave her once again behind. Yet he loved life more and its advancement, so he went to Mars where he found the bitcoin explorer at the place they used to hang out and told him it all had actually worked.