X-Men: feasibility

From: Robert J. Bradbury (bradbury@aeiveos.com)
Date: Fri Jul 14 2000 - 20:34:35 MDT

I just saw the X-men. Great special effects. Classic good-team
vs. bad-team with the luddites being clueless. Highly relevant
to our own discussions regarding the freedom to self-evolve.

When you go to see it, you may want to keep in mind my rating
on the actual feasibility of the mutant skills:
- shapeshifting and skin color changing:
   probably doable with biotech, nanotech maybe required for high speed
- superman strength and agility: biotech grading into nanotech
- wound resistance and rapid healing: biotech grading into nanotech
- hardened skeleton and retractable knives: doable with nanotech
- physically creating small amounts of fire or ice: doable with nanotech
- high-power laser-eyes: maybe with nanotech and onboard nuclear power sources
- mind reading: feasible with implanted nanotech assists and permission
- mind control and telekinesis: doubtful
- controlling the forces of nature (wind, lightening, etc.): doubtful
- stealing someone else's mutation or powers: doubtful

So its a mixed bag vis-a-vis what is possible in reality. The somewhat
fanciful picture has enough reality to make it very procative however.

The problem is that most of the people in the audience don't realize its
possibly more real than fantasy.


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