Orbital Habitat concept had supercomputer, dolphins

"Michel's ultimate plan was a dolphin habitat IN SPACE. The dream was called Bluestar and it is about the most awesomely crazy idea I've ever heard. A ring of laboratories and places to think would surround a sphere of water that contained a population of dolphins who programmed a supercomputer with "their sophisticated sonar systems." — Alexis Madrigal


  1. I’ve always wondered how one gets a job like that….

    -wait..so we are going to suspend a giant ball of water inside a habitat ring using ultrasonic “guns”, and then place dolphins inside said ball of water that rely on ultrasonic sounds to communicate.

    1. Looking at a lot of the drawings it appears that the sphere itself “floats” inside a larger dome.  (There is a small part in the video about ultrasonic technology that NASA currently uses to manipulate liquids in zero G.)  There are several drawings of the dolphins jumping out of the surface of the water…of course what causes them to fall back into the water is beyond me.

      1. … and what’s preventing the giant sphere of water from freezing. Giant scoop of ice with space-dolphin flavor.

  2. All you folks questioning the technical feasibility of this idea, please observe the “MEDIA LABORATORY” label in the lower right corner of the illustration. These were not technical guys, they were culture-benders.

  3. ..dolphins who programmed a supercomputer with “their sophisticated sonar systems.”

    That’d be like trying to program in a roomful of other programmers, all of who use wireless keyboards and mouses that all use the same frequency, encryption, and userid settings.

  4. And the dolphins would be all like “If we want to code we’ll evolve hands OK?  And we’re not going to become cheerleaders or football stars so you can live vicariously through us either. We’re just here to screw and chase herring.”

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