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Android Dawn

Discussion in 'The Material World' started by blü 2, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. blü 2

    blü 2 Well-Known Member
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    "Cornell professor of biological and environmental engineering Dan Luo and research associate Shogo Hamada have created a DNA material capable of metabolism, in addition to self-assembly and organization."
    The Science Daily report is >here<.

    And the potential is boundless.
     
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  3. blü 2

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    Which shows that to be alive is to have an excuse ready. Good point.
     
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    Always wonder if life here on earth is the result of some science experiment by aliens. Maybe at some future point man will find some planet to seed life on.

    Then man will evolve to something else or die out and 4 billion years later, life on that planet will have evolved the intelligence to ask who created it.
     
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    That's possible ─ giving cells from Earth the chance to evolve in a totally different environment, different gravity, heat, day-length, atmosphere, composition of rocks, water content. But with androids, we may the option of Homo sapiens mechanicus too. It's hard to see how humans as we now are could survive long in space, and the voyages would last generations.
    It's a good question, just how much longer H sap sap has got. And I don't mean just global warming or rogue satellite collision, but the, as it were natural, end of our run. If we last another hundred thousand years, who could we possibly be, what kind of Earth would we be talking about?

    And how would our android capabilities complicate that picture?
     
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    Simple machines out of biomolecules? It's a start, perhaps we'll have breathing air conditioners instead of plants in office buildings in a few decades. ;)
     
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    The implications go in all directions ─ medicine, space, materials, chemistry, hard to think where they couldn't go.

    I guess the step after that will be to 3D-print them.
     
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