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Dyson was a critic of climate change being treated as a global priority, pointing to alternative technological solutions ranging from [[geo-engineering]] and biotechnology. Biotechnology to genetically engineer 4 inch tall humans<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downsizing_(film) Downsizing (film)][[Downsizing]]</ref> was even considered, with limited life spans rather than any [[life extension]] solutions.<ref>[https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2008/06/freeman-dyson-solves-global-warming-and-all-other-problems.html Freeman Dyson Solves Global Warming and All Other Problems]</ref>
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Dyson was a critic of climate change being treated as a global priority, pointing to alternative technological solutions ranging from [[geo-engineering]] and biotechnology. Biotechnology to genetically engineer 4 inch tall humans<ref>[https://www.npr.org/2017/12/22/571910151/in-downsizing-a-new-addition-to-the-large-history-of-tiny-people-in-film In 'Downsizing,' A New Addition To The Large History Of Tiny People In Film]</ref><ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downsizing_(film) Downsizing (film)][[Downsizing]]</ref> was even considered, with limited life spans rather than any [[life extension]] solutions.<ref>[https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2008/06/freeman-dyson-solves-global-warming-and-all-other-problems.html Freeman Dyson Solves Global Warming and All Other Problems]</ref>
  
 
<blockquote>"Biotechnology is enormously powerful," says Dyson, so why not? Four-inch-tall people would consume fewer of the world’s resources, ensuring sustainable development for the benefit of our tiny descendants living thousands or even millions of year in the future</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>"Biotechnology is enormously powerful," says Dyson, so why not? Four-inch-tall people would consume fewer of the world’s resources, ensuring sustainable development for the benefit of our tiny descendants living thousands or even millions of year in the future</blockquote>

Revision as of 15:26, 1 March 2020

Dyson at the Long Now Seminar in San Francisco, California, in 2005

Freeman Dyson was an English-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician. He developed the concepts for a number of futurist technologies including the eponymous Dyson sphere. He died in 2020.[1]

Transhumanism

He was a skeptic of the concept of a sudden fast takeoff technological singularity[2][3] but is often associated with transhumanism and exponential technologies.[1] He predicted a post-human future with the universe filled with life in all directions, but not necessarily human life.[4]

He personally rejected explicit association with 'isms':

...what are your general thoughts on the Singularity movement, transhumanism, and Ray Kurzweil's overall philosophy on human progress?...
...Dyson: I do not believe in any kind of ism. I believe we understand very little about human nature, about psychology or about economics. I do not take seriously any of the people who claim to predict the future. I believe them even less when they claim to be accurate predictors.[5]

Environmentalism

Dyson was a critic of climate change being treated as a global priority, pointing to alternative technological solutions ranging from geo-engineering and biotechnology. Biotechnology to genetically engineer 4 inch tall humans[6][7] was even considered, with limited life spans rather than any life extension solutions.[8]

"Biotechnology is enormously powerful," says Dyson, so why not? Four-inch-tall people would consume fewer of the world’s resources, ensuring sustainable development for the benefit of our tiny descendants living thousands or even millions of year in the future

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