Space Exploration is the Worst | Emily Calandrelli | TEDxIndianaUniversity


Translator: Rosa Baranda Space exploration is the worst. I should know. I’m the host of an outer-space TV show
on Fox called Xploration Outer Space, and I got my degree from MIT
in aeronautics and astronomics, and what I’ve learned is that space exploration and technology
are a waste of time and money, and everybody knows it. Why are we spending billions of dollars
to send things into outer space when we have so many problems
down here on the ground? Extreme drought along the west coast, heat waves that are getting worse
around the world, three billion people, nearly half of all
humans on the planet, living in poverty, 62 million of those are little girls
without access to an education, and Justin Bieber just can’t seem
to get his life together. (Laughter) So many problems to be focusing on, and at the same time, we have NASA
over here spending $18 billion a year on space exploration and research. Now sure, that’s only half a percentage
of the total US federal budget, which is over $3 trillion, and OK, fine, with that budget
they conduct intense research which leads to breakthrough
discoveries and technologies that spill out across many
commercial sectors. But still, many diverse people think
space exploration is a waste of money, and I for one, agree with them. NASA is not the only one spending
money on this worthless venture; we have billionaire
entrepreneurs doing it too. Elon Musk, the billionaire,
genius behind Paypal and Tesla is now dedicating both his brain
and his bank to space exploration. And then Richard Branson,
the man behind the Virgin empire, now has his own space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, which is selling
rides into outer space. And the guy who created Amazon,
Jeff Bezos, has his own rocket company. All of these billionaire entrepreneurs
and NASA are wasting their time and money because space exploration is the worst. And today, I’m going to give you
three reasons why that is. Those three reasons have to do
with snowballs, Facebook, and dinosaurs. First and foremost,
space exploration is just plain annoying. Why is that? Well, it has to do with something you may
have heard of called climate change. Specifically, human-caused climate change. This crazy idea that little humans
could create enough dirty technology to change the entire
climate of our planet. Ridiculous, right? Half of Americans think so too. They go outside, and they look up
at the sky and they think, look how much atmosphere we have! There’s no way we could do
anything to screw that up. Well, space exploration
wants to ruin that perspective by first bringing us back
annoyingly beautiful images like this and this that show us that thin blue line. Now that line, well,
that’s actually our atmosphere. And from these images we can tell
that, ok, fine, it’s kind of thin, we don’t actually have that much of it, but that’s frustrating to see, right? Because it makes it
a little bit easier to believe that, well, maybe we could change our climate with the activities that we
are doing on the surface. But NASA doesn’t want to just make you
believe that we could change our climate, no, they want to give us data to prove it. Now, we all know that NASA
likes collecting data on other planets, like Mars, the Red Planet. We love Mars, we love hearing about Mars,
we love movies about Mars, especially when they
have Matt Damon in them. (Laughter) But you know what we hate? Being lectured with absolutely any data
about the earth, about our own planet. And all that data, well,
that’s NASA’s fault. NASA spends nearly $2 billion a year
specifically on earth science. They own and operate 16 different
key earth-observing satellites, each giving us different data
about how our own planet is changing. And believe me, nobody likes
this annoying data less than Congress. This year Congress passed a bill
to defund NASA’s earth science program by $300 million. This is a brilliant idea! Because this way, if this trend continues, we won’t just have to ignore
the consensus from climate scientists that human-caused climate change is real, we can eventually
just not have any climate data at all. So much easier, right? This guy thinks so too. This is Senator Jim Inhofe, the chairman of the Environment and
Public Works Committee in the Senate. This guy hates that annoying data.
But you know what he loves? Snowballs. This year the Senate had
a hearing about climate change, at that hearing, Senator Jim Inhofe bravely went down
to the Senate floor with a snowball. And he said, “You know what this is? It’s a snowball.
So, it’s very, very cold out.” See, Senator Inhofe was smart. He didn’t tell them that 2014
was the hottest year in recorded history. He didn’t mention that increased snowfall is actually an indicator
of global warming. Global warming warms our oceans, warmer oceans evaporate more quickly,
creating more moisture in our atmosphere, which they can measure with satellites, and that increased moisture
can make precipitation events, like snowfall, more extreme. So while we are having shorter,
warmer winters, they can actually measure
increased snowfall in many places. But no, he didn’t say that, because all of that is not as fun
as “global warming bad, snowball good.” Because all of that,
that would involve annoying data, data from satellites,
data from space exploration. Proof that global warming was happening. And isn’t it just easier to ignore it all
and build a snowman? Space exploration wants
to take the fun out of everything. Because space exploration is the worst. Now, space exploration
isn’t just annoying, it’s also very dangerous. And I’m not talking about the fact
that in order to send someone into space, we put humans on what is essentially
a controlled bomb built by the lowest bidder. Now that’s definitely dangerous – (Laughter) had to think about it
for a little bit, didn’t you? – but I’m talking about
something else entirely. I’m talking about the fact
that space programs are going to enable technology
to advance at an exponential pace. And they’re going to do this by bringing something
that we have to the entire planet. Now, the “we” I’m referring to
is very special. We make up less than half of the world, and we’re all very special because we all
have this one magical thing. And this magical thing,
well, it’s pretty cool. It allows us to be more
prosperous and educated than those who do not have it. Countries who have it have a higher GDP. People who have it
have more friends on Facebook. Many of you have probably
used this magical thing many times since I started talking. Now, of course, I’m talking about
those of us with access to the internet, a tool that can be used to educate,
create and share ideas, and, of course, develop new technology. We have it, they don’t. Space exploration wants to ruin that. You see, the way we get internet today is primarily through
ground-based applications. By that I mean, physical cables that connect your house
and your neighbors’ house to our community’s network, which is then connected
to other communities’ networks. And this happens all over the country. And then, there are physical cables
that run underneath the ocean that connect our country
with other countries. Literally, they have to be shark-proof. And once all this happened, we can all talk
to each other over the internet. Well, half of us that is, right? Because this strategy,
it works pretty well if you live in a populated area
in a rich country, where there’s a really
wealthy company like Comcast willing to put up the hundreds
of millions of dollars that it takes to lay down all this cable. Considering you live in a remote location,
in a poor developing country, there’s no one that’s willing
to put up enough money to connect your little home
to the rest of the world. Hence, half of the world,
not on the internet. This is where space comes in. A company called OneWeb wants to ruin
this imbalance using space technology. Since ground-based strategies are an inefficient way
of connecting the entire planet, they want to instead beam all that
information from space using satellites. See, what they’re going to do is
launch hundreds of satellites into space, creating the largest
satellite constellation that’s ever surrounded our planet. And once this constellation is launched, they’ll be able to provide
high-speed internet access to anyone at any point on earth. A new type of internet,
one that connects everyone, even those in the poorest
and most remote locations. One that provides, say,
healthcare information to everyone, even to those without access to hospitals. One that provides
educational materials to everyone, even to those without access to schools. And what will happen then? An unprecedented amount of people will
now have access to our magical tool, that they can now use
to develop new technologies, that we will all eventually have to adopt
and none of us want that, right? Do you remember how hard it was
to change from Myspace to Facebook? (Laughter) We don’t want something like that,
ever happening again. Imagine how fast
technologies would progress if the World Wide Web
were truly worldwide. A dangerous idea. And one that space technology
could make happen. Because space exploration is the worst. Now space exploration isn’t just annoying,
it’s not just dangerous, it’s also pretentious. And if you think about it, it’s actually the most egotistical thing
humans have ever done. I’m talking about using space exploration
to save all of humankind. Like, literally save us from extinction. Specifically the sixth mass extinction. Now, what I find funny is that we often
refer to our planet as Mother Earth. Mother Earth, mmm!
Like it cares about us or something. (Laughter) But in reality, our planet has a history
of killing off the creepy crawly pests that roam across its surface. In fact, over 99% of all species that have
ever roamed the earth have gone extinct. Over 99%! Many of them through one
of these five major mass extinctions. Now, you may have not
heard of the first four; they’d mostly to do with the CO2,
carbon dioxide imbalance in the atmosphere that built up over millions
and millions of years. That last one though,
that’s the one that got the dinosaurs, that we think was caused
by a huge asteroid impact. Now, there’s a dad joke
in the space industry that goes, asteroids are nature’s way of asking,
“Hey, how’s that space program coming?” (Laughter) You see, to Earth,
and to the universe, we are a pest. And it’s just a matter of time
before the sixth major mass extinction comes along to terminate
Mother Earth’s latest infestation. But humans, you see, we’re egotistical. We think we’re better than the 99%
of species that went out gracefully, went out naturally. Because we have NASA and SpaceX developing
the largest rockets humans have ever seen to bring us to Mars. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX,
wants to bring one million humans to Mars to colonize the Red Planet. I’m so glad you guys get this joke! (Laughter) It’s like backing up the human race
on a Martian hard drive. So, you see, space exploration
is like human’s way of saying to all the dead species
that came before us, “Hey, we’re better than you.
We’re going to be worth saving.” Which is frankly really disrespectful
to all the extinct species who were too dumb
to come up with a space program. (Laughter) If humans were more humble,
we’d gracefully go like the dinosaurs. Now, space exploration is the worst. It’s the worst if you hate
accurate scientific data about how our planet is changing. It’s the worst if you’d like to stifle
technology development for those who still live
in digital darkness. And it’s the worst if you’d prefer
to gracefully go like the dinosaurs. Many people question why government
agencies and private companies invest billions of dollars each year
on space exploration and research. These are the reasons why. Space exploration and tech
is an important tool and sometimes our only tool to address
certain short-term and long-term issues. It’s the only efficient way to understand
how our planet is changing. It’s the way we can bring
our entire planet into the digital age. And it’s our best strategy for ensuring
the survival of the human species. So, no, space exploration
is not the worst. In fact it’s helping to solve
some of the greatest challenges humans have ever faced. So, I hope when you all leave here and go
outside and look up at the night sky, you realize that the money
that’s being spent up there is really one of the greatest
investments we could ever make in the seven billion of us
living down here. Thank you. (Applause) (Cheering)

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100 thoughts on “Space Exploration is the Worst | Emily Calandrelli | TEDxIndianaUniversity

  1. A satellite armada giving internet access to every person at every point on earth? It also would give every autonomous internet enabled machine access to the internet at every point on earth so they can spy on you and track you wherever you go. Being enslaved and a victim of genocide never tasted so sweet.

  2. You people are looking for setting on mars one day? And who decides who'll go to mars? yeah, you know it the rich.

  3. I hate those people who thinks they're doing something for the humanity while the humanity is dying of hunger and poverty.

  4. Reason 1 is bad. Why don't we instead use that money to reverse global warming and eliminate the need to escape. Also not sure if this is possible but maybe invest more in trying to block incoming astroids etc from hitting us. Second reason is good.

  5. If you watch the whole thing, you'll see she was being extremely sarcastic for a long time… TOO long, in my opinion. I like the bottom-line message, and agree with it, but I don't like the delivery. An occasional lightly-sarcastic remark is fine, but to sound very much like you are against something, only to make it clear much, much later that you are actually for it, is too confusing to… I'll just say, to some people.

  6. Great talk, congratulations.
    Space exploration is NOT a waste of money and is indeed a very important issue for the future of all humankind, because it really has very positive benefits in our daily life (by stimulating the development of many tecnologies that improve our well-being) and hones our understanding of the universe and can save our species from extinction providing us new places to stettle in the future in case our planet becames uninhabitable or can no longer sustain us.
    Space exploration is very important and that`s why society and governments should invest a lot more in it.

  7. Our climate is being changed through the use of climate engineering – stratospheric aerosol injection – without public consent.

  8. Maybe if she didn't host a show on "fox" of all networks it would be easier to see the sarcasm especially in the first few minutes.

  9. Fu_k U I was told in 1970 by people like you that my beach house in SC would be underwater in 30 years time. Now 50 years later nothing has changed The shoerline is still where it was back in 1970. However a bunch of real estate people did made a killing off buying up all the land there during that time. But the fortunately I took the stance well we'll just wait and see and thank God I did! What I did relize was there are a lot of SCAM ARTISTS around like you and one should never trust them!!!

  10. she sounds like a muppet with a clothespin pinched nose that breathed in nitrous oxide…irritating…why do so many American women sound like that…? yes, go to space where there is no air, no water, no gravity, no birds and butterflies, no trees and plants…why go to an environment where everything you need to survive has to be artificially provided for…? Who is going to clean up the tons of space junk left behind on Sister Moon and circling Mother Earth?

  11. Actually it was her sarcasm that ruined it for me. “Climate change”, formally known as “global warming”, is 100% nonsense. The 1st major red flag was the fact that they had to change the name to “climate change” to explain the fact that some places on the planet will not be warming but In fact cooling. Places along the coast are still being developed; skyscrapers still being built in major coastal metropolises in the US. The seaport district in Boston is below sea level but for some odd reason skyscrapers are still being built at a furious pace. Banks would never fund such projects and insurance companies would never insure such buildings if the coastal areas are going to be under water in a few years. All this alleged melted ice has yet to cause the sea levels to rise a millimeter.

  12. I love sarcasm, specially when comming from a lovely looking woman. I wouldn't want to rattle her cage. Swallows…

  13. My god that was annoying….I would've rather listened to a coherent list of things they are achieving in space programs instead of her having a hissy fit for 14 mins trying to come off as cool and sarcastic….it was a good start ofcourse…should've stopped with the ranting midway atleast and act like a genuine individual.

  14. emily why is nasa 5 months behind on their sea level data on their vital signs? very hard to start any panic without said data. im guessing probably aliens but can you email them about it?

  15. She looked like Reese Witherspoon. I’m confused if she was with those billionaires in their space exploration or not? Does she think bringing people to Mars is good rather than spending all those money on climate change? For the most part though I wasn’t paying attention on her lecture just the body language part, you know what I mean?

  16. 1st a meteor strike
    is why the planet with 2 miles thick ice melted then a super volcano erupted so humans could do anything.

  17. Nice looking and very naïve. In 6,000 years of history there are only 200 years in our planet without wars. Human beings want to over power and conquer other human beings for thousands of years. We got better technology but never got a better heart. Wars are the great motivators for technology development. Lots of inventions can be tracked to military investment. You can be sure that any relevant information developed by NASA is to be used in military ways it will be used for military. Just look at how many people at NASA has a military rank. We are heading to WWIII. You don't need to be as smart as her to understand that. If extra-terrestrials would land in our soil the first human would do is to find what kind of weapons they have and take advantage of it. It is all about wars and domination. Nothing to do with a better civilization.

  18. nasa is one thing, but are those billionaires like elon musk into science? do they contribute to anything that could benefit the earth? if not, i agree with those who think they should put their money on earth instead. but i get it, the space is much more fun and fascinating of course.

  19. wat was just so BAD. she insulted some humble billionaires who WANTS to just spEND their own money, some weird snow balll guy who just wanted to throw snowballs at nasa. Ya sure we could DIE in carbon dioxide filled air, but people who wants to do that can do so by just staying on earth. Just JUSt why do you have to insult people to make this kind of content

  20. This chick is unaware of the lengths of internet optic fibre cables stretching further than power in between villages in Africa or the satellite connections going out to the digital devices in the pacific islands . How much pollution is sent up every launch and test? If any country has no internet reception it is because the rulers of the country don’t allow the technology. Heck even a despot run country like Myanmar has internet in its big cities ….

  21. I really loved this, especially how she used sarcasm the entire time! It helps her sound like the people that are against space exploration and makes the opposing side sound even dumber. I know a lot of people didn't like the sarcasm approach but this speech would have been boring and much worse if she didn't have the sarcasm.
    Loved it~~

  22. Ahhhh!!! Reading this comment section makes me so frustrated because a lot of people missed the point…
    The reason for the heavy sarcasm was to point out the flaws in the opposing argument while at the same time supporting her own. She kept with the sarcasm to draw in an audience that would actually pay attention to what she was saying. It drew in people that agreed with the title or people that were willing to hear her entire argument. The heavy sarcasm exists in this speech to take the opposing arguments and point out their flaws, not to be cool or annoying. -_-;

  23. The "snowball" was a comment on snowball earth, and the FACT that climate change happens with, or without humans, not just a statement that it's cold outside.

    PS: Climate Change theory isn't just about CO2. YOU are the science denier here. Go watch cosmos.

    PPS: Big difference between a "denier" and someone debunking BuzzFeed articles and AOC talking points about paving the roads with solar panels. Some of us actually care about the environment, and don't think bats/bird species going extinct is good for the environment.

    GOP has been pushing to lower emissions for years by building nuclear power plants, since Nixon. France has already done it, the only country in Europe to do so. Lets get on with it. No one here in denial but you.

  24. I heard the word "Fox" and it upped the amount of time it took me to realise she was joking…5.7K dislikes is the current count…proof that we are 30% morons.

  25. Pretty much every day now a rocket gets launched into space, burning up ozone layer. 20 years ago it took me forever to get a tan. Now my skin gets red within half an hour. And I'm not the only one this is happening to.

  26. NASA … providing data to all nations, no independent studies, no scientific scrutiny, no objective criticism of US/UN prescribed policy, ratings determine punishment or penalties or policy reform … ergo NWO.
    Destruction of the natural habitat, landfills instead of incinerating our waste, bad management, over exploitation of the natural resources are primary threats.
    No climate change, climate change is a politicised myth to achieve Global hegemony. That's not to say that those, like NASA, MSM, UN funded ngo's/npo's, green peace, wwf, aren't doing their utmost to implement climate effects.
    When humans hunt they target the best of a species, ergo natural genetic selection is redundant due to this human predisposition. Other species hunt according to their physical abilities and needs with few exceptions. The World will do very well without the Human. imho.

  27. Still, no reasonable argument why Mars should be colonized. If you have billions and don't know what to do with them, why not invest in alternative energy sources, like Thorium?

  28. Dare I suggest that her carefully applied make-up and false eyelashes are as cunningly intended to disguise the truth as any of the words that issue forth from her pretty little mouth?🤔😎

  29. Wow, talk about a 180! I was about to write a horrible negative review on this video. Luckily, I watched the video, to the very end. She almost got me there. Duh!

  30. she is snarky, and her whole argument with the level of sarcasm is actually not addressing the fact that this research isn't changing 1/2 of Americans minds about climate change, that funding is way higher and less relevant than ocean research. And her whole attitude, in accordance with her Fox affiliation makes her completely obnoxious. I am not opposed to any form of research. I am not opposed to space research. But it is irresponsible to fund some of the things we do with those amounts of money, while we are literally ignoring our oceans, and that is the main argument regarding the funding behind space research. We have loads of images from space, that is basically what we need, we shot a Tesla into space??? We know literally as much about our oceans as we do about dark matter.

  31. This is correct we need to spend all our money on our earth which is not man made but a universal climate change man is way to small to affect the climate in earth

  32. The USA needs to start doing what the state of isreal does with their sea water ok we need to de salient it and use it for our drinking purposes

  33. Yes. Nature has given Mother Earth 5 extinction events. Now it is humanity's turn. Will it be nuclear or biological or even Transhumanisim. In a age where we can softly step around the homeless. Watch from afar people starve. Pollute our air oceans waterways and lands and foods. Yes. It is our turn. As a Native American I can not tell you how many times I have heard. Hey all cultures die out. It was just you guys turn. Well humanity. It's our turn. And I'm betting we wipe ourselves out before Nature does. 😏
    What's the big deal anyway. Didn't Einstein teach us matter or energy cannot be destroyed? So. Be happy this day. It may be our last. On this world. 😎

  34. The last extinction was not the KT Boundry! It was right before the Holocene! The point is to stop the next incoming! Those kids at your door on Halloween are smarter, giving you an ancient warning of space debris falling from the sky from the Taurid Stream. What about the Mammoth and the end of days? Educate the world with what? Bad information? See : From The Deep Ocean Above There are more imaging satellites pointing down than up…….

  35. Excellent computer graphics to go along with that blue pill. By the way, funded research data only guarantees proven factual conclusions based on the research. That would be considered a manipulated fact. I prefer truth, may be harder to prove, but at least it's real. I vote no space exploration. The Tower of Babel comes to mind.

  36. No, to Mother Earth, we are not a ‘pest’. We are as apples on an apple tree to this planet. We aren’t some foreign invader. We are the earth’s children even if we find ourselves wiped out at the next event. The earth will spontaneously generate a new species to take our place and the cycle of evolution will move on.

  37. I'm all for using space exploration as a means to help our current condition on Earth. Can someone explain why we are trying to find life on other planets ? I'm just afraid that humans are going to do what we've always done when we interact with new groups of unknown life… -_-.. (native Americans)

  38. This isnt complaining about space exploration, its complaining about climate change and the government's lack of action towards it

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