HUMAN DNA TO BE SENT TO THE STARS...

HUMAN DNA TO BE SENT TO THE STARS…

There's a project in the works to send human DNA samples to various star systems thought to be suitable for planets that can sustain life as a kind of "backup system" to ensure the survival of the human species. This article was shared by Mr. L., and as you can imagine, it prompts speculations that are beyond high octane; they're...well... "nebul/ar-ous" to coin a double-edged word:

Human DNA sent into SPACE to ‘back-up’ species so we’re NEVER extinct

The project is sheer "Star Trek":

A project called Voices of Humanity would send data, messages and even DNA into space using laser propelled spacecrafts where “Your data will live forever in the universe. You will be immortalized,” according to the KickStarter page.

The team is hoping to initially raise $30,000 (£22,700) to launch computer chips full of images and data into low-Earth orbit by 2017, with more distant missions such as the moon and Mars in the future.

Once they have reached $100,000 (£75,000), “we will be able to build a sophisticated ground-based laser and robotic telescope that allows your data to be optionally transmitted via laser to the target of your choice in space”.

Those behind the plans add: “We will then be able to 'beam you up' by encoding and sending your data to the stars so you will travel at the speed of light into the universe.

The ships will use similar technology being developed for Breakthrough Starshot
“In both cases, we will be able to 'back up humanity', using the universe as our 'cloud' with your images, pictures, text, tweets, video, and DNA!”

Esteemed scientists have given their backing to the project, including Nasa’s Philip Lubin, who is also working on Stephen Hawking’s Breakthrough Starshot project, which will also be using similar laser-propelled spacecrafts.

Well, if nothing else, this serves notice than even brilliant scientists are subject to apocalyptic fears.

However, there are some important questions looming in the background here and Mr. L's email was accompanied with some of the relevant ones: (1) who is funding this project? (2) who is selected to be included among the DNA samples? (and, though not included as one of Mr. L's questions, one might also ask: what are the selection criteria?) (3) Wouldn't such a project go against the "prime directive"? assuming there is one, of course.

But I cannot but help to think, in my "nebul/ar-ous" speculations, that something else entirely may be going on here, and that it's being cloaked behind yet another typically transhumanist bit of technobabble and technopromises of immortality. What if there is someone out there - our ancient genetic cousins perhaps - is demanding some sort of tithe or tribute, in this case, in the form of DNA information? What if this project is motivated by something else entirely than the public meme of "preserving the human species" by using all available current technological means to launch us to the stars. In this scenario, sending such information in effect is like signing a lien; it's a part of a commercial contract, perhaps millennia old, and as I averred at last year's Secret Space Program conference, perhaps this is all in aid of some ancient "cosmic Versailles treaty" as a form of "reparations", perhaps a kind of tribute to ward off the very sort of apocalypse being advanced in the article, but not by building a kind of "Noah's Ark," but rather by buying off a distant potentate threatening invasion if the tribute is not paid.

Of course, this is a wild and bizarre scenario, to be sure, and it may mask something much more mundane, namely, yet another project to garner more information for a genetic database: no "cosmic Versailles", no "reparations or tithes", not even techno-immortality.

All that said, I don't know about you, but I have the uneasy and lingering suspicion - wild and bizarre as my "nebul/ar-ous" speculations may be - that there is more going on here than meets the eye, and that like people in a room where one or two people are on the telephone and having a conversation with someone else, that we're only hearing one half of the conversation.

See you on the flip side...

17 thoughts on “HUMAN DNA TO BE SENT TO THE STARS…”

  1. Since the stated reasons for this Enterprise (couldn’t help it) are garbage, I had to think of a valid possibility:

    If any of the abduction/mutilation evidence is true, then DNA has already been ‘transferred’ offworld. So, what is left?

    Way back in the thirties, E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith wrote “Skylark of Valeron”. In it, a group of aliens had a system’s humans subjected and with an amount of minerals to be produced every few years for pickup. (When the local humans rebelled, they were outmatched until Our Heroes showed up. One of my favorite scenes…)

    Refined minerals are much harder to obtain than DNA. What if the “Skylark of Valeron” scenario were true for us? Gold or other rare-ish materials might be stockpiled somewhere for our ‘tribute’ to some overlord. The laser-beaming could just be the ‘it’s ready’ signal.

    Perhaps WE are getting ready to rebel. Local SSP could be viewed in that light. Let’s hope that there is a “Skylark” nearby, in case we have antiquated tech…

    1. There is a claim in the alternative world that beaming a laser light through a fertilized frog egg into a salamander egg can change the salamander developing inside into a frog. Whether this is a scam or not I don’t know but I suspect it is. Perhaps this company is trying to capitalize off those who have taken this idea to the extreme of hopefully having their DNA potentially seeding and replicating itself on some potential life bearing planet the laser beam with their coding may penetrate. Some may even hope that such a beam may somehow recreate all the potentials encoded in their light beam somewhere out there and they may be reborn to experience the same old same old yet again. A lot of fringe spiritual beliefs popping up on the web and there appears to be a few who buy into them.

  2. My thinking leans towards the idea that this is a payment for something else. Whiteley Strieber said once that in an abduction, the ETs said to him “We offer you a new world, if you can take it”. Could our DNA be a trade for even more technology or immortality of an artificial nature?

    Perhaps they’d like us to unite in a sort of technological communion, which they hope would allow THEM to access US in the most divine way, our soul.

  3. Looking at the kickstarter page we find NASA is involved; professor Philip Lubin is the leading scientist that worked on the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) funded project Phase I DEEP-IN and Phase II DEIS.

  4. My post about the powers that be have enough minerals mined and enough humans fattened for pick up has been moderated;-)

  5. Perhaps if a certain star system doesn’t get a particular update that the human race is still contained by those they left behind they will come back to finish the job themselves. Since we may no longer be contained but were threatened with this warning by those we broke free of perhaps we will attempt to send the all clear. Or perhaps they are trying to send a message that the infrastructure for human round up and the quantity of mineral resources requested are now ready for harvest. Or perhaps it is now the latest fad dreamed up for those who have too much money and an attempt to raise funds to see if certain propulsion and long distance communications theories are viable.

  6. What a great idea, let’s give whomever is out there the means to construct genetically driven bioweapons, By sending this to far off star systems I’d bet it can easily be traced back to our location using the harmonic signatures embedded in our DNA. PtB phone home to overlords.

    1. I agree, Guygrr. This is one of the most incredibly insane ideas I have heard of in recent years. And it really can only mean that it is in some way acting as camouflage for something else entirely… unless they are really and truly insane.

  7. This is a old idea the science fiction novel First And Last Men written by Olaf Stapledon dealt with this idea. He died in nineteen fifty so this story goes back to the twenties or thirties. But again take any idea somebody have have thought about a long time before nothing new under the sun as the old saying goes.

    1. More of an alternate history than a novel, but an interesting tale none the less.
      Given the age of this planetary system and the Earth, there has been more than enough time for any number of civilizations to have arisen and fallen for whatever reasons. There is ample tome for one or more of them to have become space faring. We just happen to be the latest installment. Whether our demise is self inflicted or by natural means remains to be seen.
      The only apparent way to continue our existence is to become a space faring civilization. Will we be allowed to, once again, is the question.

  8. Kickstarter is just a way to keep the ‘project’ free from interfering financial commitees whom tend to place more importance on their own opinions/agendas rather than that of competent experts.
    I think its a great idea to put it into Kickstarter and we should have more space programs put into Kickstarter where they have to be explained and put into public view and taken away from shady NASA sub commitees and ESA agendas whom may or not have military shades of grey swimmming around in the murky pools.. Well now I’ve managed to mix up my metaphors.

  9. I think we can safely toss out the images, pictures, text, tweets, and video as useless noise. The DNA, however, may be another thing entirely. Either this group “got inspired” by the recent movie “Prometheus” to seed the universe with human DNA per the opening scene or, indeed, something else entirely is going on.
    Funding it though Kickstarter is a unique approach to it. Is that hidden system of finance running out of money? I seriously doubt it, as it would seem to control more money than the more public system of finance with its missing trillions of dollars.
    If it is a form of tribute, maybe those collecting the “tribute” via abductions and mutilations are either getting lazy or tired of doing it themselves and are now demanding that we do it for them. This would also seem to indicate that we haven’t, as yet, reached “parity” with them and are still far behind either technologically or in our manufacturing capabilities. After all, if you keep this totally secret, it severely limits your assembly capabilities to just those “in the know”; and it doesn’t much matter where your manufacturing and assembly infrastructure is located, planet side or in space.
    Manufacturing can be controlled by compartmentalization, but the end product assembly would require total secrecy, which implies limited personnel, unless your assembly plants are off world using abductees as, more or less, slave labor. If they are off world, then we simply don’t have enough infrastructure, as yet, to compete and they are subject to interdiction by “whoever”; since it is apparent they have the advantage in numbers of craft and the technological edge.
    This leaves us in a form of stalemate. Sure, they could try to conquer us again or attempt another “Tower of Babel” moment; in which case we could turn the earth into a radioactive wasteland of use to no one. A no win situation for everyone.
    All this seems to indicate that systems/planets such as ours may be extremely rare in the galaxy and are extremely valuable real estate. If the natives have gotten to the point where they can and will destroy it to keep you from obtaining it, then you may just have to put up with them, like it or not. Then again, there is Mars and the asteroid belt to consider; entire planets have been destroyed before.

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