Computers aren’t the only technology being backed up on clouds. A new project will launch computer chips containing DNA code, voice and written data and other information into the “cosmic cloud.” The cool thing is that anyone can participate.

Called “Voices of Humanity,” the goal is to preserve the human species should some catastrophe befall Earth.

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The spacecraft containing the computer chips.

Computer chips weighing one gram (or 0.04 ounces) each containing DNA, tweets, stories, documents, films, the complete Library of Congress will be propelled into the Earth’s orbit via laser-propelled system. A ground-based laser system would beam the digitally encoded data into space.

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The Research Team

The “Voices of Humanity” team states,

Our long-term goal is to send humanity to the stars first with laser transmitted data and then with directed energy (DE) propelled spacecraft that will carry your data as an emissaries from Earth. In a sense we will “back up humanity” and use the universe as our “cloud.”

This isn’t a “pie in the sky” concept. Philip Lubin, an esteemed professor from the University of California Santa Barbara leads the project .He and his team have the wherewithal to make it happen. Lubin founded the firm Directed Energy and is involved in another project, Breakthrough Starshot, a $100 million initiative. Two rounds of funding from NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program are being used to develop laser propulsion technology. Lubin’s objective is to launch, small sail-equipped “wafercraft” propelled by laser beams to Alpha Centauri and other destinations.

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The Launch

Lubin says,

We want to push towards realistic flight using directed energy that will enable the first interstellar mission and revolutionize access to space by miniaturizing spacecraft to wafer-scale.

We sometimes use the phrase, “we want to back up humanity” which is not a joke – we want to do this. Personally, I would like to send out a blueprint for life on Earth, and how to reconstruct us, how to make us.

Funded through a Kickstarter campaign, the idea is to “directly engage all humanity in space exploration.” The basic finding goal of $30,000 would put contributor’s data on a custom spacecraft to be launched into Low Earth Orbit in mid-2017. On subsequent missions, the date would be propelled to more distant destinations like the moon, Mars or deep space. Donations requested are $10 on up and include swag and an opportunity for immortality.

The stretch goal is $100,000. Which will finance a ground-based laser and robotic telescope that would propel your data via a laser into the target of one’s choice in space. Your data would be immortalized in space.

Travis Brashears, co-founder and an engineering physics undergraduate at the University of California Berkeley says,

Once we reach our stretch goal of $100,000, we will be able to build a sophisticated ground-based laser and robotic telescope that allows your data to be optionally transmitted at the speed of light into the universe. We will then be able to “beam you up” by encoding and sending your data to the stars so you will travel at the speed of light into the universe.

Please join us for the maiden voyage of the Humanity Chip.

Nancy Loyan Schuemann

Nancy Loyan Schuemann is a writer specializing in architecture, safes, profiles, histories and a multi-published fiction and non-fiction author and is Nailah, Middle Eastern dancer.

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