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SCIENCE TO THE LIMIT OF POSSIBLE


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Terça-feira, 15 de Junho de 2010
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Rui Barbosa, PhD (U. Grenoble, France), Founder of the First Humanity+ Portuguese Chapter, transhumanismo@sapo.pt.

 

“In more or less 1200 Years, with the scientific and technological evolution, we will be able to ascend to a civilization capable to catch the supplementary  energy it needs from the Sun directly (1) (2) (3). We should become able to travel until the next stellar systems, but we will not be still capable to colonize the respective planets, due to lack of resources.

Such civilization should look as the one of the United Federacy of Planets of the film `Star Trek'".

Moreover, the Humanity will become, for the first time, non extinguishable as Species. In 2500 years it will be also possible the control of some astronomical and environmental phenomena…

But…

 

There will very probably still occur unexpected phenomena and the technologies that we have been discussing so far will not be enough to attack them, because they are only useful such phenomena will have already reached a catastrophic state…

The only solution that we imagine would be the Civil Protection to become an artificially immune system. Such system would have to be similar to the natural immune systems, conceived in order to function correctly and susceptible to be put off by the human beings whenever they would leave that correct functioning (4)… I already referred to that hypothesis years ago; other people has done so, too, recently (5) (6) (7) (8). One such civil defence would have to have its own “lymphocytes” (9), which could perhaps be molecular robots or artificial cells, distributed through dangerous environments.

 

Immediately after the triggering of the dangerous phenomena, these nano robots would have to:

• Detect it

• Self-replicate, or be produced in enough copies by an exterior source, to attack the phenomenon in the most efficient possible way (4)(10).

• Suffer genetic variations throughout successive generations, thus evolving to be adjusted to the attack to the phenomena

• Be destroyed or come to ruin, if inadequate to the intended attack

• Self organize in the best way, according to necessities (11), giving eventually origin to some species of organisms… and

• Pass to action on the molecular/atomic structure… to impeach the phenomenon to become worse… There weren’t still any serious technical studies on this (5). But in the area of Hurricanes, Severe Thunderstorms and Tornados (12), there are already running the sowing of substances in clouds to try to hinder that the phenomena occur (13); in the area of Earthquakes, it was expected some years ago that the injection of electromagnetic fields revealed itself useful in the stopping the earthquakes through controlled partial induction (14).

 

Why shouldn’t these interventions be made by evolving sets of nano robots?

Why shouldn’t it be possible to explore the chaotic nature of Artificial “Life”, i. e., the exponential sensitivity of its orbits to the small disturbances, and its structure which harnesses many different movements inside the same system…?

Totalidade das minhas crónicas: Humanity+ portugal, transhumanismo@sapo.pt

*PhD (U. Grenoble), Researcher in Informatics Artificial Life for 38 years.

References  

(1) Michio Kaku, known Scientist who met some of his top colleagues of the World, among them 15 Nobel Prizes; “Visions – How Science will Revolutionize the XXI Century”

(2) A $10 Billion Sun Shield for Planet Earth; http://www.androidworld.com/prod60.htm

(3) Artificial Life Programme, (http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/research/programmes/alife/); School of Informatics, U. Edinburgh

(4) Formal Verification of Autonomous Systems; Robotics Institute, U. Carnegie Mellon, EUA, http://www.ri.cmu.edu/projects e Automated Software Engineering Group, NASA Ames Research Center

(5) James Hughes, Director do “Journal of Evolution and Technology”; USA

(6) Some Limits to Global Ecophagy by Biovorous Nanoreplicators, with Public Policy Recommendations; 2000; http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ecophagy&oldid=292310902

(7) The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology; Raymond Kurzweil; 2005

(8) “Shield” proposals published online at Lifeboat Foundation for bio, nano, etc. threats, and so forth; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifeboat_Foundation

(9) Principais células dos sistemas imunitários naturais

(10) Luis Pecora e Thomas Carrol; Naval Research Laboratory; Washington DC

(11) Artificial Life Programme; School of Informatics; U. Edinburgh

(12) Greg's Weather Center; hurctrack@aol.com

(13) Ernani de Lima; School of Meteorology; U. Oklahoma

(14) De Rubeis, Valerio; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica; Roma



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