Recently I found two articles that really got me revved up for futurism — for the notion that I could do things in this lifetime which no one in history has ever done. For instance, there is an entreprenuer who is raising money for a civilian Mars expedition. Of course this Mars expedition is a one-way ticket. No turning back.
Mars One is a Dutch company that plans to hold a lottery to select 40 people for Mars training. These forty people will be reduced to ten after a three month training exercise in the dessert and in 2023 the last ten will go to Mars never to return.
I have to admit a part of me wants to try out for this just because no human has ever been to Mars. I’d play a role in setting up the first colony on Mars. But another part of me realizes I just don’t have the personality for living long-term indoors or in a space suit, not to mention living for several years aboard a space craft just to get there!
Still, another part of me would love to go for it anyway. How crazy is that?
The next bit of futurist madness I found on the web is the Immortal Avatar concept created by a Russian company offering immortality to billionaires. They plan to interface the human brain with a robot since the brain can last much longer than the body can — perhaps as long as three hundred years. Eventually, in time, they plan to emulate one’s consciousness to immortalize the client and turn their body into a holographic avatar. I don’t quite get the last bit though. A holographic version of the self?