Building Worlds

United States Navy Picture – Independence

The Future Now

The Independence, is a 418-foot warship built in Alabama, and boasts a top speed in excess of 45 knots, or about 52 mph. This is a new breed of warships designed to be fast, agile, and operate as part of a network. The Littoral Combat Ship uses powerful diesel engines, as well as gas turbines for extra speed. Has steerable waterjets instead of propellers and rudders and have shallower drafts than conventional warships, letting them zoom close to shore. Independence is an aluminum, tri-hulled warship built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. The lead contractor is Maine’s Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics. There is another of these, Freedom, its headed to Singapore later in this year to spend the early part of 2013. Here’s another ship that’s being worked on:

Courtesy of  unrealistic future

The ship pictured above is designed to be all electric and manned by a relatively small crew. Perhaps a platform for the Rail Gun that DARPA is building.

Back to the future….

This was “state of the art” back in 1912. A New York Class Battleship:

United States Navy 1912 New York Class battleship
Displacement: Standard: 27,000 tons;
Mean War Service: 28,367 tons
Length: 573 ft (175 m)
Beam: 95.5 ft (29.1 m)
Draft: 28.5 ft (8.7 m)
Propulsion: 2 shafts; vertical, triple-expansion; 14 boilers, 28,100 shp
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Range: As built: 7,060 nautical miles (13,080 km) at 10 knots
Coal: 1,900 tons
Oil: 267 tons
Complement: 1,042 officers and men

And forward to the future…

2113 – What would a ship look like that was heading to Singapore? A passenger ship, a cargo ship, a warship (I hope not, but even though I’m an optimistic person I doubt we’ll have given up our fetish for war by then) – I would also think about air-ships, and naturally by then, space ships, in far greater abundance.
What would the crew wear? What would they eat? How would they party? Would there even be a crew? (I think in many cases not – many cargo ships will be fully automated, radio controlled, loading and off-loading). But there will always be people who operate around ports.
What navigation systems would they be using? What areas of sea would they have to avoid (for environmental or sea farming reasons)?
What would their politics be? Their backgrounds, educations and social? And, most important, what would their dreams and aspirations be?

Hopefully, a better future…

Provided we don’t do something stupid like blow ourselves up or wipe out through plague it seems entirely logical to me that one day we will be called, Citizens of Earth. There may, at that time, be Citizens of other moons or planets. I hope that when that day comes our cultural identities will be even stronger – because we do not need the false constructs of borders and nations.
I hope too that we have evolved governance to where it truly works for all of us, instead of just some of us. Government for the people. It seems a natural human trait that we want and respond to, Leaders – may they be benevolent, if not by nature, then by our universal laws.
Hopefully we will have evolved a social structure suitable for sustainability and the desire for humans to grow. Hopefully we have also figured out how to reward that desire on an individual and mass population basis.
Perhaps by then, starvation, disease, lack of clean drinking water, slavery and other forms of abuse and death of humans will not be tolerated – that the miracle that is life, is treated as such for every living thing on this planet.
We are all humans, we share a common mother – L3.