Dvorak said it takes a long time to claim a planet.
It's not a proud moment for our legal system. Documents say you can claim a planet you have a permanent human presence on. The problem is how you define human presence.
Countries and corporations sent out millions of sublight probes with a few frozen human cells to land on anything they could find. Most have no intention of developing the planet, they just want money from people who might. We call them planet trolls.
I see the problem. There's a scam going on and we're not in on it.
Здесь проводится аналогия с патентными троллями.
Because we need different viewpoints. A galaxy with only humans and human-designed robots would be annoyingly homogeneous.
Early A.I. ran into this problem. Almost all the people developing it were light skinned males. Whether intended or not, their biases and worldviews reflected in their programs.
Right now, humans are going out and gobbling up everything in our path. We're supposed to be an evolved race. As a species, I want us to do more than imitate an amoeba.
Игра слов – “однообразный” и “человек” содержат общую часть “homo”
How long would it take to get a planet ready for my people?
We need to learn how your ecosystems works. Terraforming is not a fast process. I'd say at least a thousand years.
Guess I'll need to have a biography left there. Maybe a statue or a nice monument. Something tasteful, like Mount Rushmore.
I don't know what my species is going to find more unbelievable about me. That I stole a planet or that I was willing to wait a thousand years for the payoff.
Гора Рашмор – скала в Южной Дакоте, на которой высечены лица четырех величайших президентов США (по мнению создателей монумента).
Funny how a ship can feel empty when there's no large carnivorous alien life form on board.
Казалось бы, при чем здесь Чужой…