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What would you do for science with 100 billions dollars?

  1. Mar 17, 2012 #1

    You are a scientific committee and you have 100 billions dollars to do the researches you want. The only requirement is that the researches must not have any hidden agenda and must benefit human knowledge as much as possible.

    What would be the program would you suggest? Would you be OK to spent all this money in the International Space Station?

    Thanks in advance for any opinion.
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    God no, the ISS isn't THAT important.

    I'd invest all the money so that the dividends could produce constant amounts of funding forever :)
  4. Mar 17, 2012 #3
    Research to find a cure for old age.
  5. Mar 17, 2012 #4


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    I migtht be wrong here, but isn't 100 billion dollars roughly the amount of money the Federal government in the US spends on science every year (i.e. adding up all the money to NIH,DOE,NASA etc)?
    My point being, it is a lot of money, but not as much as one might think (and it is only about 5 times the cost of building ITER) meaning I don't think spending that amount of money would automatically yield any amazing new results, it is probably what a manned mission to Mars would cost.
  6. Mar 17, 2012 #5


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    There is a difference between spending 100 billions on everything and spending 100 billions on a specific problem.

    Doesn't mean it would yield anything amazing, but definitely it could push us in some direction.
  7. Mar 17, 2012 #6
    I'd strap a million rockets to the Earth facing the same direction and slow down the Earth's rotation.
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    Chromosome research to bio-engineer ethics into politicians and lawyers.
  9. Mar 17, 2012 #8
    I would invest it in engineering a virus that would make stupid people sterile.
  10. Mar 17, 2012 #9
    I'd throw it all at fusion. :approve: ITER, DEMO and PROTO can't go fast enough for me. It'll be 2038 (probably at best) before ITER gets finished! I'll be OLD then. :frown:

    EDIT: I just saw it'll start doing D-T stuff in 2026, and the project *ends* in 2038. Still, that's, well, a freakin' long time.
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  11. Mar 17, 2012 #10
    I rarely heard in science news that an important break through was achieved thanks to the ISS. On the other side, there are full of science projects who are searching desperately for funds: Asteriod alert, material research for solar panel, biology, etc.

    Then I think of the $100 billions of the Space Station which could be used for la LOTS of other projects. Although I love cosmology, but think of the ISS as an very expensive toy.
  12. Mar 17, 2012 #11
    I'd invest it all in a definitive study that measured just how inefficient it is to invest government money in science.
  13. Mar 17, 2012 #12
    Alternative energy sources.
  14. Mar 18, 2012 #13
    An international effort to develop the first full fledged quantum computer. Unfortunately its one of those developments more likely to be done first by governments in secret when the knowledge gained could easily benefit all of mankind immeasurably. Like the atom bomb I'd rather the decision when to disseminate any knowledge gained were made by at least all the allies collectively rather it possibly becoming the source of some new arms race between superpowers.
  15. Mar 18, 2012 #14
    I would start my own version of Nobel prize with the dividend I earn. That way I could make the smartest brains attracted to science, instead of becoming, say hedge fund managers.
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    Yeah, I'd use it to fund STEM education in the US, starting early.
  17. Mar 18, 2012 #16
    A massive PR campaign to foment positive public opinion about scientists, until scientists became governors and presidents (instead of lawyers doing so), and then enjoy the public funding and science backed law making that follows.
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    If you are thinking about using all that money for science you would be unlikely to ever acquire that much money :P
  19. Mar 18, 2012 #18
    I'm gonna say something naughty but I'm scared to death of fractions, so the serious answer: an AI laboratory.
  20. Mar 18, 2012 #19
    I'd form the next Bell Labs.
  21. Mar 18, 2012 #20
    I would fund a study of whether too much luxury ruins a person's life. For ethical reasons, I cannot ask anyone else to be a guinea pig for this research.
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