After years of no interest, today's media have shown that the space race is back. Many see the relationship between the United States and China as a remake of what happened in the 1960s with the bear from the former Soviet Union instead of the Chinese dragon.
Actually things are very different from what could be a "romantic" vision, of two giants (obviously one good and one bad depending on your point of view), fighting each other, a vision well fed by Hollywood since the years 50s to get to the more recent Rambo of the 80s.
In the 1960s there were 2 figures: USSR and USA. Today the United States and China are the main players, but not the only ones. Russia, India, the European Union, Japan and even the United Arab Emirates are also sending missiles into orbit. Not to mention that private entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk with Space X and Jeff Bezos with Blue Origin also entered this “game”.
In the 1960s, the game was played on an ideological, political, technological, military level, but above all PROPAGANDISTIC ground. Today, one has been added to these components: the ECONOMIC FACTOR which has become the most important and this is because, unlike the previous time: The new space race is no longer a race for who arrives first and furthest but for whom arrives first and places itself!
In other words, we can say that this time the COLONIZATION AND THE EXPLOITATION has already begun.
There are already news of bases on the moon and then soon on Mars, extraction of minerals from asteroids, space tourism is already a reality and what about possible future settlements?
This is not science fiction: history teaches us that migratory flows have allowed people to move from war zones or famines to others richer in opportunities (think of the United States itself and the far west). Most likely, as soon as the technological conditions allow it, the moon and later Mars will also be invaded by the human.
Who knows if digital will be the main means of communication in space too?
What we can say today is that the world is increasingly oriented towards this type of approach and China, in particular, expects that by 2024 people will make 98% of the purchases, ONLINE.
In short, not being digital in today's world is like wanting to reach the space by riding a bicycle. Only few succeed ...
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