Dr Gerard K O’Neill once asked his students the following question: Is the surface of a planet the right place for manufacture?
This question was asked on the premise that the world is so overpopulated that there is a need to look for another habitat for human kind, where life can be supported. The students also proposed to to do what humans have always done when they have used up the possibilities of one geographical location. And that is to move on and in this case, to go up. The students say that “whether we love it or hate it, there is no other choice”.
One of the main reasons why the world population increased at a fast rate is because we discovered oil. This is considered as a magic energy source. You might wonder what is the connection between population and fossil fuel?
In a study done by Giampietro and Pimentel, they found out that 1 kcal of food needs 10 kcal of exosomatic energy. This is specially true for a consumer in the food system in the US. In short, the U.S. food system needs ten times more energy than it produces in food energy. This big difference is feasible because of our access to nonrenewable fossil fuel. And now let us put Andrea Rossi’s e-cat fusion technology in the equation.
Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat Fusion will allow humans to use huge amounts of energy. This could mean that our population growth will increase at a rate faster than it is doing now. This is because the e-cat fusion Device invented by Andrea Rossi will open up many possibilities arising from an abundant source of energy. Industrial farming would increase and food will be available to many. This could encourage population growth in a planet that is running out of space.
While the above theory might make some sense, it’s also true that it doesn’t take into account the rest of the technology breakthroughs that offer potential ways to find new homes on different planets. Perhaps it is again time to watch the Hollywood movie, Star Wars, to imagine the reality of our world.