Best Way To Colonize Planets? Send Our DNA And Print New Humans When It Gets There

PIC: Webridge (CC)

PIC: Webridge (CC)

Sounds far fetched, but we’ve been delivering DNA and “printing” new humans on this planet for a long while. Oh, and to our new future alien friends: I’d return to sender if I were you. This particular batch of Sea Monkeys can get out of hand pretty quickly

Assuming human deep space travel turns out to be not just incredibly dangerous, but perhaps “crazy idiotic” and “laughable,” as Harvard biologist Gary Ruvkun put it, the tenacious dream of an interstellar civilization forces some out-of-the box thinking. What if, instead of rocketing humans to other planets, we made an exact copy on site?

Adam Steltzner, the lead engineer on the NASA JPL’s Curiosity rover mission, believes that to send humans to distant planets, we may need to do one of two things: look for ways to game space-time—traveling through wormholes and whatnot—or rethink the fundamental idea of “ourselves.”

“Our best bet for space exploration could be printing humans, organically, on another planet,” said Steltzner on stage at Smithsonian Magazine’s Future Is Now conference in Washington, DC this month.

Many of science’s brightest minds think that the only way to guarantee the long-term survival of the human race is to colonize other planets—problem is, we have no clue how to safely travel to Mars, let alone further into our cosmic neighborhood.​ By sending instructions on how to print ourselves to far-flung locales, we could skip the trip.

via Our Best Bet for Colonizing Space May Be Printing Humans on Other Planets | Motherboard.

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  • Rhoid Rager

    So many assumptions wrong with this… where to begin?
    1) panspermia rip off?
    2) unshakeable and highly irrational fear of our own mortality?
    3) enough capital to send DNA samples to exoplanet with fully equipped lab and habitation centre for full human generation/gestation/emotional imprinting/culturalization/cerebralization, is enough capital to reform earth-bound social infrastructure, reassess and reimplement food and liquid-fuel distribution scheme to planet population, provide every willing human access to networked digital/paper information systems, educate billions to literacy levels sufficient to utilize said information systems to build energy and food self-sufficient communities
    4) why not try mushroom-type colonization, a la McKenna, where experience is transmitted, rather than progeny; wouldn’t that be less fucking selfish than invading with DNA?

    • Simon Valentine

      “big honk’n space gun”
      they’re jus’ look’n for the rest of the “big dipper”

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  • emperorreagan

    I can’t shoot a load into space.

    Sorry, this plan doesn’t work for me.

    • Oginikwe

      Pansy!

  • Mike Levere

    I thought about this for a minute, and the one humorous conclusion I came to was this; if we’re sending dna to other planets to “colonize”, sure that’s great. But who will do the actual “printing” once there? Would a couple of astro-dudes go along for the ride in cryo? so they can be thawed out upon arrival to birth these new humans? if not, then, are we relying on another species to do the cloning for us, via some “heiroglyph-esque” instructions that we send along? And then what? any new human, printed out of a DNA sample, is then essentially slave-labor! I mean, we’re not sending our consciousness with them, who’s to say they would even develop into anything close to what we consider a human – psychologically speaking. I feel like that would happen in either case. Send a guy to generate humans, who invariably spend their lives growing up with only one function, to build a new civilization. And if we rely on another species to do it, then they raise our decendants as slaves (or pets, most likely pets), to do their cultures bidding. Just a thought. :)

  • aaron

    Aww how cute the virus of humanity is looking for a new host besides earth to infect with its DNA.

  • Oginikwe

    “Many of science’s brightest minds think that the only way to guarantee
    the long-term survival of the human race is to colonize other planets”
    If this is the result of “science’s brightest minds,” that explains a whole lot of wrong. I would think that the “brightest minds” would entertain, oh, I don’t know . . .fixing this one?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      This was just a “starter planet”. You know, for us to f*ck around with until we get the hang of this whole humanity thing.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Rather inconvenient for the millions of other species that happened to live here.

        • Liam_McGonagle

          If you’re shocked by the mayhem we cause by our ignorance, just you wait until we get up to speed.

    • aaron

      People have been so ingrained with the mentality of money and being able to replace things you break with more money that they probably think its easier to buy a new earth than fix and maintain what we have.

      • Anarchy Pony

        End Don’t Mend!

      • Oginikwe

        That seems to be how it is in this country. Sometimes I think that America (TPTB) has no heart. I listen to people from other countries and they’re so passionate about their environments and each other while here, it’s “meh!” I was just reading ALEC’s new Disposal and Taxation of Public Lands Act.
        Looks grim.

        • aaron

          Indoctrination and mainstream media run rampant here. Its bad in many other countries but its realllllly BAD here.

          • Oginikwe

            Yes but here we are, fighting against that every chance we get. :^)

  • BuzzCoastin

    traveling to Mars
    would be easier than the nonexistent DNA printing
    at best
    humans are dreaming of Uranus

    • Oginikwe

      Ur-anus? That would be the AFA/Harvey Milk thread . . .

  • kcorb

    This could be a two way process. Beware any suspicious deliveries from outer space.

    • aaron

      Isn’t this similar to the plot of the movie species.

  • Ted Heistman

    Information has been proven (I forgot how exactly) to travel faster than light speed. I think Humanity has already been implanted with alien memes and these memes have been mutating and reproducing in our fertile minds for eons.

    • Foot trails

      Quantum information can be exchanged instantaneously, regardless of distance.

      • aaron

        Also dont forget theories of wormholes and the potential to be able to “fold” space-time upon itself thus making very far distances much closer by being able to bypass the folded portion of space.

      • Jonas Planck

        Yeah, that’s the way transcomm systems work, and it’s also how I got here, but it’s only signals, information. It’s when you start trying to synchronize matter that it gets squicky. Transmissions never come out 100% perfect, so you’re taking a hell of risk if you try to “beam” yourself anywhere Star Trek style. Much safer to just use the resonance image to make backups of your body in case of sudden death. I think it was your generation that first coined the term “save points” actually…

  • Foot trails

    That’s what crop circles are. A distant galaxy or dimension is trying to imprint information onto our organic areas.

  • davakins

    All those potential space travelers only got to be seamen.

  • Hoarfraust

    Great idea…it’s not bad enough that we’ve f–ked up one planet, let’s wreck a bunch more. I hope if we tried this, aliens would panspermicide that panspermia action until we grow up as a species.

  • http://yhoo.it/michaelwaisjr MichaelWaisJr

    Well, it makes sense- considering that Rene Descartes considered the mechanical and robotic concepts involving the mind and the body. We are all machinery- our brains being hard-drives that store RAM (memory) and that run on electrical impulses that course from the brain through the nervous system. The electrical impulses sent from the brain that move through the nerves get the blood to pump in the heart, manipulate the cardiovascular tissue of the blood vessels, and basically those electrical impulses send signals to the mind and body. What terrifies the status quo is that humans are a part of the animal kingdom- no more, no less but with senses of spirituality, technical advancement, and an intellect that far surpasses species that do not have the same written/oral communication skills or the tangible tools available for the resources of civilization that homo sapien sapiens have (such as tools for cutting and eating food, or creating large buildings, or creating increasingly vaster and more powerful technologies for the assimilation/retrieval of intelligence or the sending/receiving of domestic/personal/educational/other communications on a local/national/international level for personal, entertainment, or other purposes). But the second-biggest thing that terrifies the status quo is the assumption that humans are not only animals themselves- separated from the animal kingdom by the construction of “civilized” society- but also robots or robotic. So, 3D-printing clones of other humans might get off to a rocky start by alarming those who believe intelligence is “natural”, “given by god”, etc.- but it would not be that much different than humanity as it is now. The only difference would be the manner of conception- asexual reproduction from an artificial intelligence that would run on an algorithm perhaps more fixed and non malleable than human DNA (which makes me wonder if the technology that would reproduce the humans would help by providing a much slimmer chance of birth-defects due to a stronger algorithm than the processes and functions of the technology’s opposite DNA counter-part).

    In the end, the human species promotes itself in the Darwinist ladder from other species by its construct of civilization itself (technology, etiquette, laws, government, etc.). Homo sapien sapiens promote themselves even higher on the Darwinist ladder to differentiate themselves from the tools they use (computers, calculators, in extremely bizarre cases of the most extremely isolated: RealDoll rubber women) by the human trait of empathy- a trait that advances humans socially/sexually/vocationally in social transactions.

  • Jonas Planck

    Gods no… It’s the Horror of New Eden all over again!

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