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Could mankind destroy the entire solar system?

Posted on Tuesday, 18 August, 2020 | Comment icon 24 comments

There is the potential for things to go catastrophically wrong. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 ESO/M. Kornmesser
We've been doing a good job of messing up our own planet, but what about the rest of the solar system ?
The impact of modern civilization on the world in which we live is well documented, with plastic pollution, global warming and mass deforestation being just a few recent examples.

But what if it were possible for mankind to do damage on an even greater scale ?

Gizmodo recently ran an article which looked into the various ways in which our careless future selves could destroy, not only the Earth, but the entire solar system.

Some of these you may have heard of before, such as attracting hostile aliens, creating a malicious artificial intelligence or creating a destructive, exotic form of matter with a particle accelerator.
Another thing that could have dire consequences is a large-scale stellar engineering project - the equivalent of trying to reduce the effects of global warming by spraying chemicals into the Earth's atmosphere but on a scale that involves trying to manipulate the entire Sun.

Such an endeavour, if done wrong, could destroy everything - as could efforts to turn Jupiter into a second Sun; another scenario that could wipe out everything in the solar system.

Even technological solutions to reach other stars could be potentially devastating - certain concepts for faster-than-light travel could have severe destructive potential if something was to go wrong.

There's also the possibility of inadvertently creating self-replicating nanobots that multiply wildly out of control and end up scouring the sky for any planet or object with resources to consume.

In other words - the further technology advances, the greater the potential for us to cock things up.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (24)

Tags: Solar System

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by GlitterRose on 19 August, 2020, 0:47
But according to a post on the Atheist Delusion thread, we just got here last Thursday.  Are we being canceled already?
Comment icon #16 Posted by XenoFish on 19 August, 2020, 1:00
The simulation failed to boot properly. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by Piney on 19 August, 2020, 2:51
The pilot bombed. The ratings sucked. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by psyche101 on 19 August, 2020, 3:11
Large scale stellar engineering projects?   
Comment icon #19 Posted by qxcontinuum on 19 August, 2020, 4:30
The most immediate and real danger is the particle accelerator. This type of experiments shold ve sized.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 19 August, 2020, 10:21
You mean like how the Earth was destroyed 10 years ago when the Large Hadron Collider started operating ? 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Piney on 19 August, 2020, 10:44
Yup, Earth was sucked into a baseball size singularity and nobody realized it. Now we're just waiting to evaporate via Hawking radiation.   
Comment icon #22 Posted by TripGun on 19 August, 2020, 13:28
Am I the only one who can't wait?
Comment icon #23 Posted by AlphaGeek on 19 August, 2020, 18:26
As long as I still have internet I am cool with it.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Humbled Hypocrite83 on 20 August, 2020, 3:15
This will not happen we are p*** ants

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