During the next 50 years, many of Earth’s natural resources will become increasingly scarce.  Many futurists believe that our Western, technological society is doomed to starvation and collapse unless creative solutions to energy and mineral shortages are found.  One possible solution is to tap the staggering wealth of resources available in outer-space.  However, thirty years of near-stagnation in American spaceflight capabilities has left even the most optimistic of futurists scratching their heads, wondering, "How do we get there from here?"

  EVENT:  Night with a Futurist
  DATE:  January 9, 2006
  TIME:  6:30-9:00 pm
  WEBSITE:  www.nightwithafuturist.com

  LOCATION:  CB & Potts, 1257 W 120th Ave, Westminster, CO 80234
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  COST:  Free for Members, all others $25
  PHONE:  303-666-4133

  TOPIC:  "The Next 50 Years of Spaceflight:  Resources, Economic Realities, and Investment Opportunities."
In this Night With a Futurist program, renowned space advocate Brian Enke will identify the low-hanging fruit, the resources most readily accessible within the near-Earth region of our solar system.  He will then discuss some potential strategies for exploiting those resources and list many individuals and corporations working to do just that.  A small set of concrete physical laws will steer the discussion away from wild-eyed dreams toward the most-likely realities of tomorrow.

  Brian Enke is a Research Analyst in the Department of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute, in Boulder, Colorado. He has over twenty years of software development experience, most at Bell Labs, including/specializing in space simulations, integration of complex systems, real-time software updates, artificial intelligence and algorithms development, human/machine interfaces, and more recently, high-school mentoring and robotics development. A prolific newspaper, radio, and internet advocate for the benefits and economic realities of space exploration, Brian is also an active supporter of several space-oriented non-profit organizations, including The Mars Society, National Space Society, Space Frontier Foundation, and Red Colony.  He is a member of the Program Study Team at the Mars Foundation, a recent start-up researching technologies and strategies for human settlement upon other planets.  Brian is the author of the new mystery/sci-fi thriller, Shadows of Medusa ( http://www.ShadowsOfMedusa.com ), a near-future, true-science novel about the first manned exploration mission to the planet Mars.  He is currently working on the much-anticipated sequel.

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