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Submission + - Do you want a great baby, or your baby?->

Baruch Atta writes: If you had the choice, would you choose to have a baby that was sired by a top man, genius, athletic, with the charactoristics that you wish you had, tall, blond hair, blue eyes, maybe?
Or would you rather just father your own DNA, with all it's flaws?
This story in the Baltimore Sun
Atlanta Sperm Bank Sued Tells us just what kind of trouble may be lurking even if you choose the designer baby.
"Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor's name. That set them on a sleuthing mission that quickly revealed he is schizophrenic, dropped out of college and had been arrested for burglary, they said in a lawsuit filed March 31 in Atlanta."

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Submission + - Automated robot factories and you->

Baruch Atta writes: "When the state of the art robotics is advanced enough for robots to autonomously go and create factories for making more robots....
Then the only limiting factors would be
a — raw materials
b — energy
Both of which are virtually unlimited in space, i.e. the moon, asteroids.
What would be the implications of an unlimited and cheap work force?
Secondary question — how many humans would be needed (on Earth or off) to insure the survival of our species and for scientific/engineering progress, once working/labor becomes obsolete? Couldn't the human species get by with only the graduates of Harvard, MIT and other top universities? Who else would be required? Who would decide?"

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Comment Re:Space solar but not sustainable colonization? (Score 1) 275

A very late comment....

When the state of the art robotics is advanced enough for robots to automaously go and create factories for making more robots....

Then the only limiting factors are
a - raw materials
b - energy

Both of which are virtually unlimited in space, i.e. the moon, astroids.

No comment needed on the implications of an unlimited and cheap work force.

Secondary question - how many humans are needed (on Earth or off) to insure the species and for progress, once working becomes obsolete?

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