Well I have just survived day one of the 2020 Summit. I have a few seconds and so thought I’d just mentioned that. One thing is for sure — all the well thought out ideas had been heard before and were not too exciting even if sensible and the others were very “under-cooked” but are getting better.
It was a long day and hard to sustain the discussion. The best part for me was when I decided to get more ambitious and put forward that perhaps our goal should be to put an Australian on Mars by 2020. When queried about the cost, I elaborated that it was not part of the goal to bring them back — that was the expensive bit. But let’s face it, if that idea gets up it will have the quality of being new!
[Update: it appears that if Stephen Hawking had attended the 2020 Summit, he would have proposed something very similar]