Theta Region Articles on Popular Science Special (TRAPS):
First of all let me thank you for this interview. Rarely does a CEO of a company governing dozens of starsystems offer an interview for a science journal on a matter that could be considered by many as being of chiefly of scientific interest. This is just as unusual than the initiative to organize a galaxy-wide census, a project with an astrographic scope well beyond the region of operations of your company. What is the driving force that made SSL to launch this initiative?
Humankind has come a long way from the beginnings of our ancient history. We learned to survive in adverse conditions, acquired an in depth knowledge of natural and economic sciences. We managed to colonize space, learned to combat outbreaks, now we can control economic cycles and provide our citizens with their needs, including food and shelter. Yet we have to witness famines, outbreaks, busts. All these should only appear in our history books.
If we have the knowledge to overcome all these but we can't put it to practice we do something wrong. As a company CEO I'm well aware of factors that lead to such deficiencies. It is the lack of management and coordination, together with failing to address issues at the proper level: local challenges in a local level and issues of a galactic scope at a civilization level.
Today, more than ever, we need to be prepared to threats and adversities on a galactic scale. Yet our knowledge of which and how many Galactic Citizens need specific help with their specific risks and problems are only known locally at best. We cannot improve our civil protection preparedness to potential military threats of alien species if we don't even know which specific human communities are potentially exposed to such risks, how many citizens they consist of and what assets can they already use in an emergency, which factions might they already rely on. This is only one albeit extremely important use of this tool essential to organize economic, health and civil protection activities among others.