Elon Musk, SpaceX, Artificial Intelligence And Iain M Banks

Hopefully SpaceX will, this Friday, make a successful launch of the SES-9 satellite with its new-and-improved Falcon 9 rocket booster, so here are some factoids about SpaceX and Elon Musk. Musk has named the two autonomous spaceport drone ships (ASDS) that will hopefully serve as seaborne landing pads for its Falcon 9 rocket after spaceships from the late, great writer Iain M Banks’ Culture universe. Culture ships (these two specific names belong to ships known as General Contact Units) are controlled by super-advanced artificial intelligent entities known as ‘Minds’. Here’s a comprehensive list of ships from the fictional universe. Why the Culture? Well Banks had some pretty grand and optimistic ideas about artificial intelligence, and the role it’ll play in a possible utopian future for humankind. Culture ‘Minds’ and their…

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