Re: Clueless Bio Futurists

From: dwayne (
Date: Fri May 18 2001 - 03:12:10 MDT

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> > Hi,
> >
> > > Looks like procedings from a conference I attended last year.
> > > They're not clueless, given that you reject a singularity
> > > and anticipate human expansion will follow a sigmoid curve.
> > > While we all agree the sigmoid is unlikely until we bump
> > > the limits of nature, others disagree. A lot genuinely
> > > believe we'll knock ourselves off soon.
> >
> > Yeah, I'm one of them. 30 years, I'd say.
> >
> > Dwayne
> >
> You've got the conch shell, Dwayne. I'd like to hear your reasoning.

The entire history of the human race.

you're kidding, right? You really think we will survive the mucking about that is being
done now?

I understand people here are a *bit* biased in favour of tech, but look at the monkeys
pushing the buttons and tell me we are all safe.

> I don't think you are alone in this idea, although I am yet to be convinced
> of it's validity. If I keep seeing documentaries about Easter Island,
> though, I might start having nightmares...

Well, basically, I think some bio-weapon will get loose and do us in, or something will
stuff up the biosphere and take us out.

My current long-term plans involve somewhere remote and defensible, ostensibly because I
like the bush and want to set up an eco-village/community thing, but I'm also aware that
such a device would be mighty useful at some point in the future, at least until I can
afford an asteroid stocked with supermodel DNA and a clone factory.

I'm less pessimistic about some funky physics prac taking out this end of the universe,
but the biologicals are just WAY yoo fuzzy for me to feel comfortable with. We are
tinkering with incredibly complex systems, without understanding what we are tinkering
with, let alone what the effects of our tinkering will be.


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