I was going to throw peanuts from this gallery, but remembered that boingboing was supposed to be about embracing the weird and even the hair-brained sometimes. I don’t think this guy seriously thought that he’d one day be releasing fruit flies on Titan.
When it comes to formulating life on another planet, I wouldn’t say we are starting from zero - though the solution will probably require inventing biochemical pathways that we’ve yet to observe or imagine yet. But think about the building blocks we do have:
1-We have a pretty good grasp of conditions (and chemical composition) of Titan
2-We have a very good understanding of how those chemicals will function under Titan conditions, and how to create reactions using the available substrates.
3-We can edit the genome of any organism, and even invent new genes (though DNA-based life may not work on Titan, we at least have an analogy to go from). I don’t think it’s a stretch to say we could invent genes that produce proteins/molecules that can utilise the substrates available on Titan.
Of course, the universe may have already beaten humans to the punch:
Anyway, good on this guy for having an imagination!