Shouldn't we be preserving our nearly extinct animals' brains?Opinion
3 months ago
Please excuse my weird word choices, because I wanted to use new words for a change.
We, humans, suck at working together as a constellation to solve problems. Let's just blame it on our capitalist society. The things we do affect our environment around us greatly. It's fascinating for us to care about only ourselves, but not when we are helping the environment. As a result, our planet Earth is suffering, and one of the devastating consequence is the sixth mass extinction. The fact that we are causing the sixth mass extinction is not a speculation, but a problem growing more of a threat. For example, bees served as a pollinator of our crops, but because of colony collapse disorder, which is speculated to be caused by a compound of factors, they are disappearing fast.
Now, let's say someday the bees all disappear. What will we do? We can't let people starve because our crops don't get pollinated! So if we build a robot to do the task that the bees did for us for free, will we be able to trust those robots to do the task right? What if we didn't know another secret function the bees provided for us, how will we be able to replicate that in a robot?
Second, what if in the future we wanted to do a scientific study on animals that are extinct. We can't go back in time to do a study! (At least for now)
That's why I suggest that we try to map the brains of our nearly extinct animals, and archive them. Just like the Doomsday Vault of Norway, it will store the neurons of many animals, which I believe will be one of the most important treasures for our future generations, if we fail to prevent the extinction of many of the species that exist today.
Maybe instead of preserving their brains, we should focus more on breeding them, making robots that act like them is fascinating sure, but it just doesn't feel natural.