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ten thousand years into the future


What would life be like for our future generations? What civilizations will rise and fall? Which cultures and languages will last? How can we communicate with these people?

How do we protect future populations from radioactive nuclear waste deposits 10,000 years in the future?

This is The Ray Cat Solution

1. Engineer cats that change colour in response to radiation.

2. Create the culture/legend/history that if your cat changes colour, you should move some place else.

 

Background images are by students of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Sign up below for an upcoming announcement on our collaboration.

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ten thousand years into the future


What would life be like for our future generations? What civilizations will rise and fall? Which cultures and languages will last? How can we communicate with these people?

How do we protect future populations from radioactive nuclear waste deposits 10,000 years in the future?

This is The Ray Cat Solution

1. Engineer cats that change colour in response to radiation.

2. Create the culture/legend/history that if your cat changes colour, you should move some place else.

 

Background images are by students of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Sign up below for an upcoming announcement on our collaboration.

In the 1980's, a curious project was proposed by two scientists : why not creating a breed of radioactive cats that would change colors when they are next to nuclear waste?

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The Ray Cat Solution

Philosophers Françoise Bastide and Paolo Fabbri were part of the Human Interference Task Force, employed by the US Department of Energy and Bechtel Corp at the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in 1981. Their solution consisted of two steps:

  1. Engineer a cat that changes colour in response to radiation.

  2. Create a culture around this cat, such that if your cat changes colour, you should move someplace else.

This requires a combination of scientific work in biology as well as social sciences and art, and there are many questions to consider:

  • How do we actually engineer this cat?
  • What are some of the scientific challenges?
  • How do we create this culture?
  • What types of art are more effective?

and much more...

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Share, Discuss, Create, Invent


This isn't a project. It is a movement. It doesn't have a particular direction, nor is it meant to. We are starting out with a blank canvas, and many directions we could go. The movement exists simply from those who choose to visit it and contribute.

We encourage creativity, and discussion. Question each other's ideas, inspire new ones, think out of the box and listen to what people have to say. Every mistake made and every question asked is progress.

This movement and process is bigger than the cats. This page also exists as a challenge to artists, scientists and anyone. How provocative are your ideas? Does this project have any less or perhaps more meaning than yours? Are your ideas truly creative and innovative?

There are many questions to answer, and even more questions to ask. We are in our first few years of another ten thousand. If nothing else, we at least have some time.

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Share, Discuss, Create, Invent


This isn't a project. It is a movement. It doesn't have a particular direction, nor is it meant to. We are starting out with a blank canvas, and many directions we could go. The movement exists simply from those who choose to visit it and contribute.

We encourage creativity, and discussion. Question each other's ideas, inspire new ones, think out of the box and listen to what people have to say. Every mistake made and every question asked is progress.

This movement and process is bigger than the cats. This page also exists as a challenge to artists, scientists and anyone. How provocative are your ideas? Does this project have any less or perhaps more meaning than yours? Are your ideas truly creative and innovative?

There are many questions to answer, and even more questions to ask. We are in our first few years of another ten thousand. If nothing else, we at least have some time.

Contact us

Feeling inspired? Want to start a project? Not sure how you can contribute? Write to us at:

info@brico.bio