Our Best Bet for Colonizing Space May Be Printing Humans on Other Planets
J Thoendell stashed this in Space
Adam Steltzner, the lead engineer on the NASA JPL's Curiosity rover mission, believes that to send humans to distant planets, we may need to do one of two things: look for ways to game space-time—traveling through wormholes and whatnot—or rethink the fundamental idea of "ourselves."
"Our best bet for space exploration could be printing humans, organically, on another planet," said Steltzner on stage at Smithsonian Magazine’s Future Is Now conference in Washington, DC this month.
Many of science’s brightest minds think that the only way to guarantee the long-term survival of the human race is to colonize other planets—problem is, we have no clue how to safely travel to Mars, let alone further into our cosmic neighborhood. By sending instructions on how to print ourselves to far-flung locales, we could skip the trip.
That's cool and kinda creepy at the same time. Reminds me of the movie the Prestige where [spoiler alert] every night the magician duplicates himself to shift to a new location. The copy in the new location shoots the original (because 'there can be only one'). Every night when he does it, he has no idea whether he will be the one who gets shot or not
Do they share a consciousness or are they separate beings?
Printing humans sounds like a less fun form of reproduction.