eugen at leitl.org
Mon Feb 9 12:13:43 UTC 2004
On Sun, Feb 08, 2004 at 09:28:41PM -0500, David Lubkin wrote:
> Thinking about animals adapting in the wake of humans got me wondering
> about animals in the wake of transhumans.
> As you envision the world of tomorrow -- nanotech, genemod, space-faring,
> uploading, AI/IA -- what do you want or anticipate for animalia?
> Some options:
> (a) Migrate people and industry off-world, and turn the planet into a
> nature preserve
While there is lots of material in shallow gravity wells, eventually it will
run out. Disassembly is just somewhat delayed.
> (b) Restore recently- or long-extinct species
Some people will probably do that.
> (c) Create new or variant species for art, entertainment, utility
We've been doing that for a while.
> (d) Take species with us to space
Difficult, if you're solid state. Habitats have lousy ROI vs. solid state
> (e) Modify species to suit non-terrestrial planetary environments
Sure, see (h)
> (f) Increase species sentience (a la Clifford Simak or Cordwainer Smith)
Allow ascension, rather, provide optimal virtual environment for the rest.
> (g) Increase sentience of living animals
Not unless they want it.
> (h) Upload, to transhumanely clear the way for disassembling the planet
This is a desirable outcome, given the alternatives. Definitely a cause
for transhuman environmentalists.
> (i) Move to an L-5 style habitat
> (j) Disassemble the planet without removing or uploading the animals
> (k) Leave animalia to their own devices
(j),(k) are both the same scenarios.
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