On Thursday, June 03, 1999 9:26 PM, O'Regan, Emlyn
> Isn't there supposed to be a new ice-age coming? Why don't we just go
> somewhere cold? Maybe colonise mars?
A cold environment would help a little, but not much. You're still talking about a limit of maybe a couple of kilowatts for the entire body. The solution, of course, is to re-engineer the entire body to tolerate higher temperatures and put in a high-efficiency cooling system.
> Actually, is that the way to colonise mars? Fill our bodies with lots of
> excellent nano-stuff, which improves us immensely & keeps us warm.
Its not a bad approach. I'm pretty sure you could build a human-looking body capable of surviving any environment we've contemplated colonizing. Of course, by the time we can do that we'll be playing with uploading and distributed consciousness systems, so we're not exactly talking about augmented humans anymore.
> Now if they'd only give off oxygen as a by-product...
No problem, we'll just implant a radioactive dacay battery in your abdomen to power the CO2 splitter. ;-)