In the “weird tech news” category, Obama will now be forced to respond to the rather insane petition to create a Death Star of our own by 2016, now that said petition has received the required 25,000 signatures needed for an office reply. What started out as a joke (at least it seemed like a joke!) will now require the United States President to take make an official reply to the petitioners. Will Obama consider the request? That remains to be seen!
The petition demands that the government secure the necessary funding and begin building the Death Star by 2016. For those who somehow managed to avoid the entire franchise by living on a deserted island for the last 30 years and are unfamiliar with Star Wars, the Death Star is the massive, moon-shaped and sized superweapon used by the villainous Darth Vader and the Empire in the Star Wars Franchise. The weapon was destroyed at the end of the first Star Wars film, when the rebels exploited a single, rather silly weakness in the construction. Just goes to show that security holes can bring down even the biggest and baddest infrastructure in the galaxy.
The petition reads: “By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.”
Theoretically, the petition is half-right when it comes to unemployment rates. It would take, according to CNET, about 800,000 years to come up with the amount of steel alone required to construct the Death Star to its original specifications. Those in the steel-smelting industry would never face unemployment again. Boost one major industry, and many others also see an increase in revenue. Of course, taxes would have to be raised significantly to allot the funding required for such a massive project, so while more people would be working, they’d also be taking home much less money. Just how much would it cost to create the Death Star? Somewhere in the quadrillions!
While we’re not likely to see even the start of the construction of the Death Star in our lifetime, it’s still fun to ponder the implications of such a feat. On the other hand, the US government has far more important issues to deal with than responding to tongue-in-cheek petitions and science-fiction ideas. Then again, many technological advances that we have today were once considered science-fiction by those who came before us, so who knows what could happen?