Re: ant! experiences

Spike Jones (
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 23:37:25 -0700

Joe Jenkins wrote:

> ...around 1988 when I found Engines of Creation and literally read it
> front to back, called in sick at work turned the book over and did it...

joe, i didnt get to finish my previous thought. i looked thru my copy of engines which i purchased in 1989 in san jose. i did not find in there the idea i had at the time (it may be there somewhere), an idea that might sound a little strange coming from a launcher type like myself.

in 89 i had been thinking about space stations. k eric goes on about how nanotech will be the great breakthru in manufacturing that will be needed for real space stations, better launchers, etc.

my notion at the time was that humans could actually reinvent ourselves if we mastered nanotech, so that our scale would not be 2 meters but rather 2 millimeters. our glorified bodies could be the scale of ants, yet if our atoms were correctly utilized, we would still be these wonderfully brilliant creatures that we are. (humble too).

then, the launcher problem would already be solved, by good old 1950s rocket technology. the scarcity of materials and energy in space would be solved, by the same old technology. even a tiny asteroid would have plenty of raw materials for billion of "us". our modest home planet would then be unimaginably emmense and its gravitational field remarkably gentle. has this notion been explored in sci fi? spike