Imagine the applications and implications of robotics and artificial intelligence in 2045

Space Colonization by Avatar

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Conduct initial colonization through the use of robots and avatars. This would allow experts to be "present" to establish infrastructure on Mars or other bodies, while reducing the human burden on these individuals until such time as basic infrastructure is in place. Alternatively, a few humans could be supported by a larger team of robots and avatars. This would allow a skeleton crew with reach-back to specific individuals to make the operation less lonely and more collaborative, while piloting robot space colonization.

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This takes a hybrid approach to using humans as avatars or in combination with robots and avatars to lay initial groundwork for colonization of the moon and other planets.

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What will be the implications of this idea?

This could greatly expand our reach, and ability to lay foundational infrastructure for colonization of nearby moons and planets. The risks to human space travelers would be reduced, at least initially during the ramp-up phase. Use of avatars could allow for human "experience" and expertise, without the burdens and the risks.

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1 year ago
redcell254 said
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This would require the development of new network [...]
This would require the development of new network capabilities to enable "remote" (avatar) experiences of the colony site.
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1 year ago - Adaptive said
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How would first-hand virtual reality experiences f [...]
How would first-hand virtual reality experiences feel with minutes long comms delay (e.g. to Mars) or hours delay to more distant locales?
1 year ago - redcell254 said
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This would require the development of new network [...]
This would require the development of new network capabilities to enable "remote" (avatar) experiences of the colony site.
1 year ago - gbertoli said
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big issue here is delay. Best case scenario, when [...]
big issue here is delay. Best case scenario, when planets are best aligned, it takes about 3 light minutes to travel from earth to mars. (6 minutes round trip). it would be almost impossible to try and control anything directly (avatar like) given this delay. This is why rovers are not remote controlled but rather just given waypoints. they have to do the rest on their own.

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