“The Next 500 Years: Engineering Humanity for Life After Earth.”
I have no plans to purchase the book, but I did read the article … and thought some of my blog visitors might find it interesting.
Here’s the lead-in:
HUMANITY’s long-term prospects are weak, at best. If we don’t all kill each other with nuclear weapons, a planet-killing asteroid can’t be too far off. And anyway, the sun itself will (eventually) expand, obliterating all traces of life in our system. Let’s not even get started on pandemics.
As if awareness of our own mortality hasn’t given us enough to fret about, we are also capable of imagining our own species’ extinction. Once we do that, though, are we not ethically bound to do something about it?
Apparently this fellow thinks in the far distant future we will have the ways and means to carve out our place somewhere in the universe.
One thing’s for sure — his outlook for such a venture is most definitely ambitious!