IF YOU ASK ILLY, the Italian coffee makers, why they only make one blend of their roast, the answer’s simple. What’s the point? We have already got it right. Are we in the same position when it comes to Homo sapiens? Has evolution already come up with the perfect blend?

I’m with the FutureProofing team, at NASA in Langley, Virginia, where Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong trained for the 1969 moon landing. But the mood music is all post-moon. They’ve got bigger fish to fry. Within the next 20 years, the word is, we are going to colonise Mars. That’s for starters. Then we’ll use ...


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