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Numerous existential risks currently threaten humanity: Nuclear war, resource depletion, antibiotica resistant bacteries, meteor impacts, unfriendly singulary, just to list a few. Various groups try to reduce these risks, a real effect is yet to be seen though. As those risks are never going be eliminated entirely, a safer (and rather obvious) strategy would be to distribute humanity a little more redundantly throughout space. The financial resources allocated to this task however are ridiculously small.
This talk is going to highlight
<li>why it would be a jolly good idea to take space expansion seriously
<li>what current technology can already do
<li>what humanity currently "uses" its resources on
<li>which political institution we should prod