They’re cloning puppies in Asia. It’s amazing that they could do it – although the motivation and thinking of people who put down $100,000 to duplicate a beloved family pet – there is so much more to an animal than its DNA. No matter how much it looks like your Fido, IT ISN’T YOUR FIDO.
You can see it coming in the future – your spouse dies at an early age and you have the opportunity to clone them for who knows how many gazillion dollars. And the tech will be good, and they’ll look just like them, it will even be a person, BUT NOT THE PERSON YOU LOST. Really – do you think that you are nothing but your physical parts?
So, what does this have to do with me thinking I might be able to get to Mars (or – to be honest – watch someone else do it before I die)?
Well, not that I think it’s a good idea for this cloning to be going on like this, but I believe it’s happening outside the U.S. because our regulations make it very slow-going, if not impossible to do. Sure, those unregulated scientists might unleash some moral or ethical quandary, or a worldwide plague – but they will bring knowledge and change. Some control is needed, but the more control, the tighter the chain, the less freedom to innovate and achieve.
Our government is too bloated, has its tentacles in too many things, and is trying to reach into everything else. This is starting to look like a sea-change election year – there’s a lot of anger out there about all the government overreach, and there’s movement on several fronts to put the brakes on the government and the various non-elected bureaucrats in the EPA, NEA, VA and like agencies.
My hopes to make it to Mars are on the upswing.
It won’t be because of big government. And it won’t be because of NASA (although they deserve a lot of credit for laying the groundwork) – they are subject to the whims of ideologues who are willing to scrap NASA’s inspirational and exploration functions in favor of… watching the weather.
It will happen because of private enterprise, from companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and others. As with everything else, innovations don’t matter when they’re inside a government lab. Sure, they’re exciting to think about, but that’s all it is – thinking. They have to come to market to become transformative. That’s what the private sector does: brings ideas into the real world.
Sure there will be mistakes along the way. You can’t make progress without taking risks – but companies that make too many mistakes don’t stay in business very long. That’s not the way government works, but in business, you have to succeed.
Mars or bust!
This week’s Smashwords coupon is for “The Right Idea”:
When Jimmy left the force and started his “Delaney’s Investigation Company”, he expected to be living the life of Riley. A few months later, and the dust still hasn’t had time to settle from the Preiss and Simms murders, but Jimmy’s ongoing divorce has swallowed his imagined riches. What would Jimmy do without the city’s thriving blackmail industry? That may go away, as candidate Mathews is promising to clean up Barnstow; but Jimmy isn’t sure Mathews has the right idea.
“The Right Idea” is a detective story with sci-fi elements, and follows “In a Flash” and “Mixed Signals” as my third Detective Jimmy Delaney story. Use coupon code BZ29W to get 72% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until May 28th. Here’s the link:
“The Right Idea” is also available in the collection – Broken Down: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #1.
One week left to preorder More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND (short story collection #7.) It contains the stories:
Dredging Things Up
Behind the 8-Ball
Saturday He Fed the Cat
Release date is June 3rd, but you can preorder now at a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at all the usual places, including (but not limited to):
The collection will also be available in paperback form on CreateSpace.
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