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We can turn cows into humans
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Im all for it.
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netdisorder wrote:

I don't mean you and me of course, but scientists. Just like how with chemistry we can turn one liquid into another liquid by restructuring the protons and atoms. To be fair to the cows, we can also turn a human into a cow.

It works like this. You go to your local Mcdonalds and order a hamburger, and perhaps a milkshake too if you feel like having a lot of fun. You then take nanobots and make them restructure the meat or milkshake's protons and rewire them/restructure them into a different component. Then you replicate the component and change more things about it. Think of it like tuning a guitar to make different sounds.

Eventually what you will end up with, is a heartbeat, and then after that, consciousness, and further along, self awareness. It's sort of like building things with legos or k'nex builders. In a few hundred years, Michio Kaku, one of the most highly respected Theoretical physicists, thinks that we may have something called the replicator. If you have a phone, go ahead and turn it into a roasted turkey, your firstborn son, or even a pillow if you want.

What do you guys think of this?



You have a few misunderstandings here, we cant turn cows into humans, maybe in the future we will be able to, but not any time soon. First of all, chemistry doesnt turn one liquid into another by restructuring protons, You can gain and lose electrons, but losing protons off the nucleus is a completely different matter. What it can do is bind multiple elements together to create a new molecule, but the molecule will still be composed of the same elements it was to begin with. With our current technology, the most we can do is alter the number of neutrons in the nucleus, which is where nuclear power comes from. You can "create" new elements by crashing smaller atoms together and hope you generate a nucleus with a combined number of protons, however, that requires an incredibly large amount of energy, and all of those elements that have been "created" are unstable, the last a few milliseconds, if that before they degrade.

Changing a human into a cow, wouldnt fall into the category of changing the number of protons on an atom. Humans and cows are all made of the same elements, the only difference is the ratios between the elements. Even if you were to change the elements to fit the ratio, you still wouldnt have a cow from a human, you would just have a ton of elements all reacting with each other. The problem would be combining the elements in the correct sequence to get the correct compounds, which would be far more complicated than simply transmuting elements. Not to mention the incredible amount of energy required to do it. Replicators would be theoretically possible, however, changing your phone into a roasted turkey would yield and incredibly small turkey, you still have to take into account the laws of conservation of matter. Its theoretically possible, just not sure how practical it would be for everyone to use. I can see manufacturing using it to generate valuable metals from other elements like H2, unless humanity develops a source of technology that allows it to generate so much energy that it is no longer a concern, replicators with access to frivolities like mcdonalds wount happen.


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You can turn a (dead) human(or pet) into a diamond. That's better.
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....catgirls, just wait n see,
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Where have you been? This is something that occurs in nature already, it's called evolution, humans came from a single cell organism.

For human technology, it's near impossible because of the amount of energy required to separate the chemical bonds between atoms and we don't understand everything about our own genome... or a cow's... so it's not practical to try and turn one thing into another without a full understanding of both organisms' genome.


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