Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Earth as a Biopreserve

Allow me to be one of the first to say it: We could move all of the Singularity activity-- the Technology-- off-planet, and leave Earth as a biopreserve. Here's the story: Mars is never "terraformed," never made into a weird unearthly earth. Instead it is machine formed, made into the most efficient computing devices possible. Grey gooed, fast or slow. This is presuming OF COURSE that Mars is barren.

Let's make things clear, BTW, ladies and gentlemen. I am not going to let Humanity come to a bad end. I am not going to let us be Conquerers Of The Galaxy. We're better than that. It's OK to conquer rocks-- rocks are utterly indifferent to being conquered-- but we absolutely must respect any other races that we encounter in this universe.

So, presuming Mars is just rocks, we transform it into a slightly different kind of rocks. Earth, on the other hand, continues to have butterflies and penguins. Not that we'd have to take a hands-off approach-- in fact Earth may need a lot of proactive stabilization in the medium-term-- but we leave it as a place where DNA life continues to replicate and evolve.

If we can hold our own appetites away from this planet for a little bit longer, we will be able to feast ourselves on all of the other planets. That will give us quite a bit of computing resources. At that point we will have a better idea just how rare Earth is, just how much information this biosphere consists of, and we can make a reasonable judgement as to its most valuable state.



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