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« Mechanics and Molecules | Main | Nanotechnology Robots »

April 04, 2007


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Can we make a trial run of terraforming Mars before we take a shot at Earth? Just a thought...

One trend that I see is the globalization of government, the UN is a great example of this. The assumption here is that environmental or weather control is going to be a massive engineering feat and will require major alignment and international agreements, treaties and controls. The flip side as you hinted to with "rain for Africa at the expense of Asia" is water wars on a major level.

However, is that assumption completely valid? Do you even need a nation to achieve a global weather impact, if you have a desktop nanofactory that can copy itself and pull CO2 out of the atmosphere, etc?

Is it possible that in the 10-20 year time frame you refer to that we'll see a switch-back on the globalization? Will nano and other advanced technologies cause a resurgence of nationalism (or even individualism) and reverse the trend of globalization?


Actually, there are so many ways of controlling the climate, which have already benn tested and they worked: http://www.1ocean-1climate.com/how-to-change-climate.php. I guess is the easyest way to do it, after all!

Chris Phoenix, CRN

Eric, I'd expect nanofactory technology to make it possible to live in more comfort and security in harsher conditions... always assuming, of course, that people are allowed to use it, and know how to use it appropriately. But that doesn't mean we should just let the earth be desertified and flood the coasts. It'd be a real shame to lose 90% of our species over the next 500 years.

I'd hope we can be constructive enough, once it becomes possible to engineer the climate, to work out some way to at least not leave the Holocene stability.


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