Imagine we’re on a dandelion seed blowing across the cosmic ocean, drifting forward through time towards a brighter future. Suddenly we reach it.
Now, imagine, you’ve just gotten home from work or school, you’ve settled down in front of your computer and open up Hotmail (I hate Hotmail) GMail to find that you have one new message in your Inbox. You click on it, idly noticing the little paper clip icon next to it indicating it contains an attachment that says “CarlSagan.ppl”.
‘That’s odd,’ you think, ‘I’ve never heard of a .ppl file before…’
You find your cursor hovering over the attachment as if it had a mind of its own… as if… it were drawn to it…
As if you no longer have any control over your own thumb you click twice.
Your computer runs a virus scan, it comes up clean. Finally, you click “open file” and Carl Sagan crawls out of your monitor.
“Hi Carl Sagan!” you say enthusiastically and then begin a profound conversation on the wonder of the Cosmos.
Would not the world be a better place if we could send and receive people like Carl Sagan on the slightest whim? And we wouldn’t have to just limit it to Carl Sagan, we could send and receive Harry Potter, Batman, George Carlin, Tim Russert, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Cookie Monster, Douglas Adams, James Randi, Stephen Colbert, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Phil Plait, PZ Myers, or whoever you want!
Need to teach somebody about the letter C? Send Cookie Monster!
Need to investigate un-American activities? Send Stephen Colbert straight into their home or workplace!
Need to correct some misperceptions about astronomy? Send Phil Plait!
‘You had me at Carl Sagan’, you think as you read this, ‘Where can I get some awesome technology like this?’
Well, for only 90 easy payments of £48.95…
OK, that’s just a random thought of how we can make the world a better place. I think that Thrawn is rubbing off on me. I blame the video of his Spore Creature: