Will Bioengineering Lead To The End Of Evolution?
from the thanks-Darwin,-we're-done-with-you-now dept
Quite the manifesto has been written by Alan H. Goldstein, the director of the Biomedical Materials Engineering Science Program at Alfred University, where he goes on and on (and on) about how today’s bioethicists focus on things like cloning they have absolutely no clue what’s really coming next: homo technicus. An entirely new species built via bioengineering, and he’s not talking about the common perception of “cyborgs”. He says that homo technicus will be built to perfection, and will end the concept of evolution, because it won’t be necessary any more. The piece is certainly interesting in bringing up lots of issues to think about, but could probably do with a bit less drama and repeated warnings that most people simply can’t fathom what he’s talking about.
Comments on “Will Bioengineering Lead To The End Of Evolution?”
I'll believe it when
we are able to eradicate hereditary disorders, first of all. Nobody in the medical or biological community is expecting dramatic progress for at least 20 years. When will we conquer obesity, the common cold, or other everyday problems?
Re: I'll believe it when
No, we don’t have a cure for the common cold but guess what… we didn’t build atomic toasters before we developed nuclear bombs. Soldiers with advanced optical implants could still be susceptable to rhinoviruses. I’d recommend thinking outside the box but it sounds like you are trapped in 2space.
Without reading the article...
(not being a Salon subscriber) it sounds like Goldstein stumbled across John Varley’s novel Steel Beach.
Re: Without reading the article...