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digital daily: Thinking Big

Macro Mondays – Thinking Big. We went to the moon because we could. There were other things to worry about. Like war. The space race redirected the US-Soviet conflict to a new Cold War arena. The route to the moon led to loads of inventions that we still use today – artificial limbs, water filtration, and solar cells are some examples. Plus, who doesn't love the "space ice cream" at Natural History Museums? It’s a staple to the space menu. Now, sixty years later, it's Mars. And sixty years later, the same question is posed. Why go? We have enough problems to solve on earth. The answer’s the same – because we can. The ingenuity of getting there will uncover solutions to our challenges. But the philosophical stakes are higher – Mars is a one-way trip. It’s all in the name of progress. Nuclear propulsion and AI will need to make huge advances to get us to Mars. So, it will be. Because we can. And the innovations to get us to Mars will have implications for all of us. An economy will be built there. Nuclear will power it. Do you think we'll be using paper money? As one astute investor put it to us – the marginal cost of energy and intelligence is going to zero with nuclear fusion and AI. We are left with creative execution. What will it be for money? A platinum coin or digital gold? (It's a rhetorical question.) Think big, even a little bit.