100 Year Starship® (100YSS) recently hosted its first Crucible™ on “Virtual Human” in Graz, Austria. An invitation-only session, Crucible: Virtual Human examined the major challenges to achieving and maintaining human vitality during months-to-years long deep space travel and identified new concepts for a fully autonomous approach to optimizing health care, rendering treatment and recognizing and addressing unexpected threats and opportunities.
The Crucible: Virtual Human marked the launch of 100YSS’s new Crucible series — intense transdisciplinary think tanks that bring together global experts from varied fields in supportive, resource-rich, and singularly-focused environments to advance the knowledge, technological capabilities and societal systems required for human interstellar travel.
100YSS is the independent, long-term global initiative led by former astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison to ensure the capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system exist within the next 100 years and the advances are applied to enhance life here on Earth every step of the way.
“The sojourn to another star is an incredibly audacious and immensely valuable pursuit to the people on Earth, but it is not an easy one,” said Dr. Mae Jemison, Principal, 100 Year Starship. “With the Crucibles, we want to eliminate the ‘miracle happens here’ conundrums inherent to human interstellar travel and focus on the resultant technologies and insights that can and will enhance life here on Earth.”
The weeklong Crucible: Virtual Human participants included individual scientists, physicians, engineers, software designers, clinicians, and/or researchers with deep expertise in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, biomechanics, pathophysiology of key diseases, pharmacology, neurobiology, robotic surgery, tissue culture, nutrition, data compression, graphics, bioinformatics, data modeling, human-brain interfaces, artificial intelligence, social sciences, space medicine, psychiatry, exercise physiology, behavior and clinical trials.
They hailed from Austria’s Academy of Sciences, Space Science Institute, the University of Klagenfort, Institute of Process and Particle Engineering, the Graz University of Technology and Medical University of Graz; Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, the German Aerospace Center and the German Cancer Research Institute; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Italy’s University of Florence; UK’s Mexeler Technologies; France’s University of Savoie Mont-Blanc; and, the United States’ National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, International Space Elevator Consortium, Hololens/Microsoft, Molecular Sciences Institute, Stanford University, Rutgers University and Nature Magazine.
Held in a secluded, private castle in the picturesque countryside of Styria, Austria, Jemison led the think tank, encouraging participants to define specific aspects critical to the robust functioning of human health and physiology modeling.