Foreseeable Futures Podcast Episode 02 – CRISPR & Moon 2024

Midnight, Mvea, Lugh and Stryker talk about CRISPR and the push for a manned Moon landing…

CRISPR

Mvea introduces CRISPR & gives an overview of where it is at this point. We then go on to discuss some of its future implications. In particular we look to its longer term future where we can begin to fundamentally alter ourselves.

New Lunar Plans

Political Feasibility – will Congress agree to funding,  is this a Trump vanity project?
Engineering feasibility – is this possible within the new time frame?

Criticisms.  in isolation from other projects is there any point to humans returning to the moon for a one-off trip just for the sake of it?
Multiple components -Lunar orbital Gateway, Orion capsule, SLS landing craft. Requirement for International partners.
LOP-G – wider mission for deep space/Mars – but is it necessary as a solution.

China – plans south pole lunar base “within 10 years” – is a lunar base a better approach? Why is the US still opposed to China joining international co-operation if cool with Russia. China has asked for international cooperation with its planned South pole lunar base.

SpaceX – BFR Super Heavy – a better idea than Boeing SLS?   Starship Hopper – a better idea than Orion? 

Lunar Base VS. Mars/Asteroids/Deep space – either/or or both?

Stryker’s note:

In this episode we talk about ITAR.  A regulation restricting certain technologies.  I made a mistake in what it stands for.  It stands for International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Wanted to correct that.

 

 

 

 

Foreseeable Futures Podcast Episode 01 – AI & Lab Grown Meat

 

In this episode we hear from Lugh and Stryker on AI and lab grown meat.

Lugh discusses the advent of post-scarcity resources in education and medicine. The question he asks, based on the comments in this thread, is why do people overwhelmingly focus on wealth inequality when considering this issue?

Why don’t they focus on the positives?

This link is to the AI only medical clinics in China.

This article does a good job at addressing these common reactions people have to the idea of lab-grown meat.

Stryker discusses cultured/lab-grown meat as a necessity for several reasons.  Less land needed for raising livestock. Less greenhouse gas emissions, theoretically more efficient as you only need to raise the meat, not the bones, brain, etc of an entire animal.  Hope is to scale-up so that it can be mass produced. This will increase yields (helping address rising population and demand for meat in developing countries).