[extropy-chat] Nanoassembly Blueprints using Atomic Resolution MRI
austriaaugust at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 5 03:16:05 UTC 2007
"But if you want to do something to improve the odds
> of a bright future, I
> have a number of suggestions."
At this point, all ideas will be helpful. Being a
non-genius myself, I don't really know how much I
could usefully contribute, except in the form of
donations to SIAI and the like. Unfortunately, I don't
have a great deal of money to do that with. But I'm
definitely listening to any suggestions you may have.
--- Keith Henson <hkhenson at rogers.com> wrote:
> At 03:15 PM 4/4/2007 -0700, Jeffrey wrote:
> >The main "advantages" I was thinking of were a
> >possibly considerable size(space) and weight
> >for the space colony, plus a potentially much
> >(probably cheaper) internal environment. For
> >if you could just rebuild a strawberry to eat, you
> >wouldn't require any specialized light sources,
> >bacteria, nutrients, additional physical space,
> The entire problem of feeding people in space was
> worked over in a great
> deal of detail over 30 years ago. I can't point you
> to an on-line site,
> but if you can find a copy of the Space
> Manufacturing Conference for 1975,
> "how to grow food" is spelled out in considerable
> detail with a pretentious
> title on the paper. Incidentally, in space you have
> all the light you
> want, and area isn't that hard to make either.
> You don't need soil or bacteria. In a closed
> system, what comes out of the
> sewage plant incinerator has everything except a bit
> of nitric acid for a
> hydroponics solution that will keep the plants
> happy. Now it might
> eventually be easy to rebuild strawberries to eat,
> but if you are that far
> into nanotechnology, why not just run on electricity
> and simulate eating a
> >Whatever the case turns out to be, the near future
> >will, without a doubt, be very exciting. :-)
> There is good exciting and bad exciting.
> Unfortunately, the odds are
> stacked by the long evolutionary history of our
> species against the future
> being good.
> But if you want to do something to improve the odds
> of a bright future, I
> have a number of suggestions. Even so, the most
> likely number for physical
> state humans 100 years from now is zero.
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