Or possibly just an abundance of biology graduates who need something to do.
I'm just asking.
Edit: A related article: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/shanephipps/2017/06/20/mammoth...
EDIT: Apparently, yes, that is seriously the idea. But the scale required to make a difference, and the cost to get to that scale boggles my mind. You can't just whip up one pack of mammoths and call it a success...
I assume the idea is that if you can create your big furry von Neumann machines correctly in the first place, you only need to whip up one pack of mammoths and it will indeed then be a success eventually.
Not claiming this proposal will have the same impact, or even a positive one.
We'll need the research if we ever try to bring back species that went extinct in modern times.
I've heard some argue we might need to resurrect a lot of species we're killing off in the next 100 years, so it's good practice. Better practice would be looking at those animals we expect to go extinct. Or, yanno, trying to stop the extinction in the first place.
If you don't: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleistocene_Park
Basically we need them for an earth-scale experiment that will try to prevent the permafost from unfreezing, thanks to ruminant eating the grass through the snow, thus breaking the snow insulation that prevents the ground from re-freezing deep in winter.
If the permafrost do unfreeze, I believe the climate is doomed.
I think it was Jack Horner who was trying to reverse engineer a chicken back into a velociraptor and said something to the effect of that he didn't feel that his efforts would do anything to help humanity, but that the science justified itself, because it was what he wanted to do, to see if it was possible.
Of course, with that story, we have a great series of movies to tell us how it probably ends...
I don’t know about you guys but I want an exciting future to look forward to. Space travel, and fantastic cloned animals!
let’s get something hopeful and inspiring up here.
On the other hand there isn’t much we can do about it, unless you’re India or China who can control population via policies (economic, reproductive and cohercive).
Naturally pops will decline, but that’s decades ahead.
There is hope, we just need to listen to those who want a change, not those who just want to maintain their already huge asset piles.
What’s bad is encroaching in on wilderness for farming, resource mining/extraction, and population settlements.
That, the point that the involved techniques may prove valuable in other projects and because mammoths once played an important role as mega herbivorous in steppes of the northern hemisphere (which were once as species rich as the African savanna and we know the touristic attraction of that)
We won't win the war, but we'll look awesome.