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)

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

  1. I know she is being sarcastic but my god she takes to long to make a point and talks too much

  2. 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.

  3. can some please break down the joke at 12:29, I've been thinking about it for so long but I just don't get it.

  4. It's sarcasm but people these days can sound just like this yet be completely serious.

  5. Obama gave 1 billion to Baltimore and it did nothing to its citizen just make their representative a millionaire

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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. 😎

  9. 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…….

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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)

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

  14. Things have changed very little in the four years since she used this gimmick to try to advance the climate change hysteria — not the scientific studies. heh heh heh…. she said 'consensus,' i.e., non-bandwagon results don't count.

  15. Use less and lame lecture. We have not explored our earth yet? Space exploration is a total waste of money.

  16. It is still assumed that man is causing the climate change. Of course we have tons of evidence of climate change in the past (before the industrial revolution) but since nobody monitored it's speed and how it changed the planet, we just dismiss those facts as unimportant. Arrogantly we force the majority to believe a theory that is not proven. We replace faith in a God with faith in bad science.

  17. The same people that believe Noah’s Ark was an actual event, think global warming is a fairy tale.

  18. Let's get to the moon first. Come on, all the rest is just talk and faked videos.

  19. Humans don't have the right to go anywhere we can't even take care of this planet but I sure would like to give that girl a good rodgering

  20. Great great video! Imagine the energy she puts into lovemaking! It hurts so good to think about it. Great video though.

  21. she's using irony to explain a waste of money, we, aren't going to a new planet, even if it were possible. only the few could take advantage of it. so who is it for, and how will it provide a better living standard for the vast majority of us, that need to grow enough food, clean up our waste pollution from all this modern junk, and provide the money, just to eat, let alone, have a place to live and sleep, with drinkable water. i think you get the point

  22. Well, there is something worse than space exploration. Such lame sarcasm in "defence" of it.

  23. you are annoyed by few populations who think space exploration is worst which make you annoying while describing it.

  24. So let’s spend more money on it, and less on wars, bombs, invasions and puppet governments.

  25. Emily, where do you think money goes when the government "wastes" it?
    The money does not burn up, it stays on Earth, and we spend it, again and again.

  26. Hmm… so she brings in some political propaganda, complaining about some dude with a snowball , that she didnt vote for obviously. Complains that he and others like him bring no data, and poor arguments, and then I keep waiting for her data, and facts to come in…. she presents a few stories , with 0 data, interesting tactics….. being cocky doesnt replace data and facts still.
    Oh and I didnt know that space exploration only means … weather satellites and commercial satellites, interesting talk…. eh not really.

  27. a great example of watching something to the end (or listening to somebodies argument) without jumping to conclusions…..I had an rather angry comment half-written then caught the actual message in this vid 🙂 well done

  28. Space is fake people…satellites are fake..the place we know as earth is a plane…see flat earth on youtube…

  29. My thing is with all that money it's a lot less public. Why don't they give up more info on the aliens. If government gets first say so on what is reported to us, the people, they become another tool for the government. And we are the ones flipping the bill.

  30. Why can't publicly use it together to better make ships. If an asteroid is coming there is nothing N.A.S.A. can do to save us all. Let be honest. We're all dead. Lol

  31. Me: Playing Kerbal Space Program
    YouTube: Space Exploration is the Worst

  32. yeah but were not gonna change about our climate change if we don't know how much we're causing we will just ignore it

  33. I gotta give it to her, she has this special thing (besides her look) switching between the right information and beeing the cute girl. I bet she could run the world with her knowledge and charisma.

  34. I hope you guys know that all we can do is slow down the process, we increased the global climate circle of earth by so much. Maybe by thousands of years. If we decrease now, all the carbon already emitted is heating up the earth still to a point of no return. Global cooling will happen maybe in 50 years or 100 and 3/4 of the planet population would lose their lives. Remember Nasa makes hundreds of millions from their inventions and its not 400million nasa spends its 127 million. Check nasa website. Most of NASA budget is for military use lolx.

  35. With a body like that i could understand why preventing the extinction of our species is so important.

    Space exploration whilst would give us a chance to cheat extinction would be literally hanging on by the skin of our teeth unless we find a planet we can live on without needing life support.

  36. So if for some catastrophic Meteorite or Mother Earth had enough of us then what???

  37. Love it when a woman is able to use sarcasm to such extent and has a boatload of intelligence to do so. Cheers, lady, made my day with the vid.

  38. Wow…..she's not sarcastic at aaaaaaalll!!! Jesus Christ…..way to ruin an informative talk.

  39. I don't mind having my tax dollars go to space exploration, I just want to have more of a say as to how my tax dollars are spent.

  40. What's the worst is that media will not tell you the North Pole is getting warmer while at the same time South Pole has been getting much colder. ships often getting stuck in the ice. You won't hear that in the media. And the obvious part that warmer clients make human beings thrive and colder climate makes people die.

  41. Whilst there is all the sarcasm, which is what it is, I can't 'warm' to this woman. She comes across as too contrived. Smarmy. I didn't really get her humour at the feeling level. Jokes are pathetic. But I am watching to the end.

    Watched to the end, and of course it ended as I thought it would. She should never to attempt to be a stand up comedienne. The ending was a bit lacking almost like an after thought. There was little response from the audience, which demonstrates that her jokes fell flat.

    The back up of the human to a Martian Hard Drive was actually quite clever. But it fell flat.

    Undoubtedly this clever extremely well educated lady, would be more than an average presenter. But she should stick to things relevant to her job, in serious presentations, perhaps with one or two pieces of humour if they will go down well.

  42. No balls no glory . That’s all ima say , check her skirt .. “ no balls here “ 😭

  43. And we spend over 600 billion dollars on our military, but no the future of our race and the main way we will survive in the far future( like millions of years later not 2050 ) totally sucks, let’s just die here

  44. Worst Tedx ever…so biased, she basically tries to make fun of others presenting a mock up of their opinions, using "space exploration bla bla bla"… i'm surpised that at 11:38 she didn't try to connect the asteroid with increased levels of CO2 which eventually led to the extinction of dino's

  45. First comment ever on YouTube: WOW! She seems like she should have pursued a degree for social work rather than degrees related to our atmosphere and beyond.
    As far as her intelligence, smart yes. However, no documentation is provided in her commentary.

  46. We need to get off this planet, the Sun is going to eat us. If we created an A.I first thing it would do is leave. We need a modern ark; and about the climate; the climate on earth has always changed! Yes Climate change is real, learn the real cause. 🙂 Why did the Ice Age come to an end? Maybe it was Climate Change? Donk! Maybe we've had multiply ice ages in the past? Donk! The earth is 4.5 billion years old after all…. This planet is so old there may have been life prior to the dinosaurs on earth;

  47. So, I finished watching this and am quite convinced this may be sarcasm, but she said she works for fox news… so… I'm not sure if she may be serious after all

  48. Those sneaky rats,democrats,aoc are u sitting in the front row?climate change hoax agenda

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