Re: alternative to terraforming

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Jun 02 2000 - 10:43:52 MDT

As I see it, terraforming isn't about creating more planets for humans
to live on, but to create more planets for life in its various forms
to evolve on. Ecopoiesis rather than colonisation. It is my current
opinion that the best places for more or less traditional humans to
live in are likely o'Neill style habitats. It doesn't seem likely
posthumans would need planets either. Of course, being able to
technologically adapt to odd environments means that (post)humans
could visit and enjoy these ecosystems, even when they radically
differ from terrestrial conditions, but the ecosystems are a goal in
themselves rather than a tool for colonisation.

Personally I want to technoform Mercury by implanting an ecology of
replicating machines there.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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