Magazine article The Futurist

Habitats

Magazine article The Futurist

Habitats

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* Advances in fuel cells will enable deep-sea habitation. These fuel cells, which will produce electricity directly, with no toxic fumes, are currently being developed for automobiles. They will eventually allow for the exploration and colonization of the undersea world via extended submarine journeys. This could lead to human colonization of the continental shelves and the shallow oceans as well as the development of extensive deep-sea business sectors. --James H. Irvine and Sandra Schwarzbach, "The Top 20 (Plus 5) Technologies for the World Ahead," May-June 2012, p. 18

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* Livable, economically viable manufacturing sites could be built on the Moon. It is feasible to create them within a decade. These sites, or colonies, could process materials on the Moon to create new products. For example, satellites could be fabricated and lowered to desired Earth orbits. This process would cost much less than building satellites on Earth and then rocketing them back up into space. Such sites could turn a profit within 20-30 years and offer huge long-term economic returns. …

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