a reply to: SLAYER69
I was thinking with the current impending convergence of technology's we may not even have to send living people, sound's ridiculous I know and this
would upset many on ethical and religious ground's as well as being far less sexy.
3D printing has already been suggested as a method to produce colonist ready habitat's on mars in the near future (or within a hundred or so years),
a machine or machine's with this capability would land in an area with suitable resources and then set about extracting and converting those resources
to use them to make more machine's for other purposes as well as habitats, terrain construction, mining and life support and even atmosphere
However this would be in preparation for the arrival of human personel whom would have to weather the environmental danger of both space and there
Today 3D printing has passed the milestone were they can print using living cell's to produce simple organic structures which it is hoped will one
day be used to replace a patiant's own damaged or lost organ's, printed skin may be the next stage for burn's victims' but of course as the technique
becomes more advanced and the ability to produce stem cell's in fast condition's become's more possible the probability of an entire 3D printed person
or rather body become's ever closer with certain implications', marry this to Google's concept of uploaded human mind's in virtual reality's in
cyberspace and you may be looking at a very scary but also interesting future that would be more machine than human with the mind's existing in
cyberspace and able to even replicate themselve's or back themselves up as well as perhap's to download themselves to these 3D printed body's as well
as suitable machines in order to interact with the outside universe.
Kind of makes that ghoulish italian surgeon whom want's to be the first to perform a human head transplant look very much like a stone age man but I
personally am not sure if this is really any better (Except that it would not need a donor so in that respect it definitely is).
I think it take's the joy out of the concept of humanity escaping from it's cradle planet but automated systems with human mind templates and
industrial 3D printers used to colonise distant locations may be possible.
A lifeless vessel arrives at a distant world, the atmosphere is a mix of methane and sulphites, oxygen bound in the chemical soup but the planet is
the right size in the goldilox zone around it's parent K class sun, the sun may not be the same type as our G2 class star but it is stable and the
world has all the chemical's and element's needed so the automatic systems set's about landing on a small moon that orbit's the planet and assembles
other machines using it's onboard molecular printer, these other machines set up mining, processing and further larger scale 3D pringing systems which
they assemble from the raw materials creating a large facility which is then used to produce the machines necessary to tackle the harsh environment of
the world the moon orbit's.
Over several hundred years the machines establish even larger facility's on the planet and set about terraforming it, changing it's atmosphere,
structuring it's terrain, extracting and refining the raw materials.
The first human wake's, his mind an exact copy of the mind of a scientist whose last memory is of having his mind copied into a machine archive
hundreds of thousand's of years earlier, he also has some other memory's as the machine has integrated them seamlessly into his mind and he also
feel's his brand new body is younger, far stronger and much more perfect than the one he recall's which for him is just a few second's ago now, this
body is similar but not identical, it is both better and also tailored to this new world, adjusted to the slightly heavier gravity and denser
atmospher with better senses and much longer life span even without repair which could keep it alive for tens of thousands of years.
He stands up and walk's accross the white room with painted fresco's replicating the scene showing Adam and God from the cistine chapel on the domed
ceiling overhead as classic music creates an ambience to the large panoramic window where he look's out at an orange blue sky and he see's in the
distance rolling forrests and landscaped field's leading into wildlife populated wilderness in the further distance and a bay or a sea in the other
direction, cloud's forming on the horizon, a flock of bird's fly past just below his window and wheel into the air as they fly higher on there
migration then he look's down from the tall sky scraper like structure he is in at the sprawling but as yet unpopulated metropolis below and know's he
is the first new human to awaken, earth is a long distant memory but they have brought it with them, there science, the greatest mind's and even
ordinary people whom gave permission for there mental templates to be used and whom came from all walks of life, from workers to housewives, school
teacher to military personel but once downloaded into there there new body's they will be perfect and even the lowest IQ people amongst them will
awake with the knowledge and intelligence of nobel laureats in there new clean world but there individuality will drive the new civilization.
Of course earth was also beautiful as they had long ago repaired that world and settled it's neighbouring planets but this world was orbiting a star
many light years distant and other seeding probe's some with identical templates had been sent to other likely star system's, the human race might
even win in it's attempt to avoid extinction but then a thought tugged at the new man's consciousness as he looked out over the terraformed world that
was a recreation of the long distant and maybe even now long lost earth and he spoke it aloud, "Do I have a soul or am I just the reflection of my
creator the ghost of a man long gone".
Now only the essential machines remained still processing the atmosphere and regulating the artificial environment, indeed many of those tree's were
not really tree's but most of them had long been disassembles and the parent vessel had been replicated and sent off to another potential world to
replicate it's long journey once more and terraform another world even further away maybe even crossing the vast sea of empty space between the
galaxy's to establish new world's long after the human race had likely passed out if existance here in the milky way galaxy.
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