The problem with Star Wars and Star Trek and many other “Star blah blah blah” type story lines is this: where are the robots?
No, I’m not talking about the cute comic-relief characters, nor am I talking about the droid-wars robots.
Here’s the thing, Space Is Hard. Even Elon admits this. Biologically based creatures die — really easily — in space. They die if they don’t eat, don’t get liquids, don’t get enough to breathe, get squeezed or stretched or ripped. Biological creatures are fragile. A biological military force, or agents, or workers or what-have-you would be a society’s LAST resort. The first thing a sentient species would do when they start exploring space is to build up the biggest, baddest, smartest, most versatile space-force using ROBOTS they could.
People? We’re not gonna use PEOPLE — hell no!
Look, Humans suck at space. Right now about 1 out of 20 rockets we launch BLOW UP! And that’s good. That’s the best we’ve gotten so far. Imagine if 1 out of every 20 commercial flights that took off from airports just today BLEW UP! About 100k flights occur everyday. Imagine if 5000 of them exploded in the last 24 hour. Hell No!
So, between our really really bad track record for sending rockets into space and our super-duper track record for flying airplanes, we have a long way to go.
Now, let’s examine our robotic and computer track record. We’ve got some amazing technology there. Robots are going to be replacing humans for most manual labor, and most complex logistics and management in the next 20 years.
Let’s think about this. Humanity will have an amazing robotic work force and superior artificial intelligences in just another generation.
But we won’t have a reliable means of space travel for at least two or three generations.
By the time we can blast around the solar system (or galaxy) in a Millennium Falcon humans will have constructed an incredible robotic space-force. And with that space-force we would be sending ROBOTS out with vast AIs in our space craft to do our exploring, and our patrolling and our space war fighting. We wouldn’t send frail, easy to puncture organic HUMANS! Hell No!
Extraterrestrial Sentient Species in our galaxy would be even smarter than us. They would have even better robots and artilects. They would never use their biological selves to do the work robots would do so much more effectively.
That’s the problem with Star Wars and Star Trek. Their story lines rely on bags of animated organic chemicals and not robots; which is just — implausible.