Robotic expeditions have always been one-way trips: the probes go, land, take readings, and don't come back.
"If a mission goes to Mars, lands in one place, bring back half a kilogram of Mars rocks, it will be immensely valuable, but compared to Apollo, which not only visited six sites (and many hundred of sites with the help of the lunar rover) but came back with 382 kilograms of lunar material, it sort of pales in comparison."
We haven't yet made enough real progress in artificial intelligence to make any serious predictions about how quickly they'll developer towards more human-like intelligence, perhaps quite slowly, even with Moore's law. It follows we should plan on human going for now, but not be terribly surprised if the game changes later.
Don't pander to me, kid. One tiny crack in the hull, and our blood boils in thirteen seconds.
If it takes a million dollars to program one robot, then programming the second robot costs zero. If training one human costs a million dollars then it costs ... well it costs one million dollars to train the next one. And you had to feed him, too.
With miniaturization, he explains, comes a depletion in the number of scientific instruments a probe can carry, the number of samples it can collect, and its ability to cover more ground. " [Mars rovers] Spirit and Opportunity are fantastic things on Mars
it's a job for robots because i straight up hate nerds
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Interesting, they only plan to come back with two kilograms. Why they aren't planning on being back more?
In the future, we'll discover it's cheaper to grow humans than to build robots.
Spirit and Opportunity have been working for nearly 25x their intended time, and not a peep yet about how much they miss their families!
Actually, there are lots of astronauts. This doesn't mean human life isn't valuable, but there will always be people willing to go into space, so yes we can "buy" another astronaut.
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