2015 budget. NASA gets a raise! Wooo Hoo! in Science & Spaceflight Posted December 23, 2014 · Edited December 23, 2014 by MBobrik I could go on about you massively underestimating the advantage of interactivity while searching, and the diminishing returns of throwing more people at observing the same visual information, but this is more important, because it deals with end results of your approach.However, if we ever do develop the technology to send people beyond Mars, it's pretty likely that robotics, sensors, AI, and communication bandwidth will also have improved. In fact, I'm willing to believe that those areas will advance much faster than interstellar propulsion and manned spaceflight technology, which will make the decision to send people even harder than it is today.Sure. AI improved to the point where it can make all the decisions locally, which implies at least human intelligence. So we end up starting an interstellar civilization of not humans but sentient robotic researches, and thinking they will throw some bits of information our way, hoping they won't turn around and start treating us just like any other animal to research. To that I can only say, what's sauce for the goose, it's sauce for the gander. If we shall give up the rest of the universe to the robots, why to hang around and waste oxygen at all, and not replace us with robots down here too ?