Recently, I read a fascinating article in The Atlantic looking at the future of policing – on Mars. An intellectual combination of science fiction, in-depth knowledge of policing, environmental conditions on Mars, the psychology of early settlers and experiences in remote places such as Antarctica. It got me thinking of legal/architectural/financial situations on Mars that professionals will also need to address – based upon thousands of years of experience on Earth.
What legal framework will be adopted? The one of whoever colonises Mars first? Person, corporation or country? But as The Atlantic’s article poses: Consider the headache presented by an Australian national working on Mars for an American space-faring firm that has been registered, for tax purposes, in Ireland. He is suspected of murdering a Japanese seismologist in a non-jurisdictional mountain range somewhere in the Red Planet’s equatorial region. Who on Mars would be responsible for bringing this man to justice?
OK so maybe a new framework is required – of the settlers, by the settlers, for the settlers? But check out the Atlantic article for just how these laws will be policed.
What about finance to pay for a (somewhat miserable) existence on Mars? Cash is a non-starter – too heavy to transport there. Credit Cards require wi-fi (that’ll be somewhat patchy for a long time), data links back to earth are likely to time-out in the 40 seconds typically allowed, how about inventing a new crypto-currency for Mars and creating their own payment system? OK, that’ll take a little time (and likely never be linked to earth’s economy) – and in the meantime, there’ll be extortionate bills for oxygen and water to be paid.
What about architecture? What will life on Mars look like – how will people live in such an inhospitable environment? Well, check out Mars City Design – an organisation whose mission it is to create a blueprint for sustainable cities on Mars – and has been gathering ideas, creating concepts and building international teams to do this – for years. Apparently building natural sources of oxygen into house design is rather important.
Now, if you’ve made it to the end of this article, well done. I struggle to get professional practices to comprehensively plan a year ahead for life on earth – never mind a hypothetical one on Mars.
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