Hear, Hear: Jacob. None of those Cold war promises held up did they? Although, personally
a) I've also become vastly disillusioned by the "space frontier" nonsense, and,
b) I am very happy to send off as many people away as possible on that pod. Good riddance, New New New pilgrims!
What I also want to know is this: I understood everything from those Palm leaves and palimpsests and rosetta stones from our forebears, without ANY external aid at all. So, I could completely "live their lives" in my mind, by reading them. "How in God's name" is an archaeologist going to interpret our lives from a kindle with corroded battery and hard drive with (machine encrypted) DRM to prevent anything from being read? Give me "appropriate technology" in tune with nature any day.
Revolutions in the past have been carried out very successfully, via pamphlets and underground printing and even horseback/word-of-mouth (shudder) (Sepoy mutiny, American independence) too. Let's not get too carried away with the correlation -> causation fallacy.
Not just those jobs: In my other blog post, I mentioned about Robots taking over as teachers and waiters already!