From Gene Editing to AI, How Will Technology Transform Humanity?
Five big thinkers — Regina Barzilay, George Church, Jennifer Egan, Catherine Mohr, and Siddhartha Mukherjee — puzzle over the future of the future.
The New York Times Magazine
Stephen Hawking Left Us Bold Predictions on AI, Superhumans, and Aliens
The late physicist Stephen Hawking’s last writings predict that a breed of superhumans will take over, having used genetic engineering to surpass their fellow beings.
Transhumanism — The Next Step in the Human Journey
Molecular biologist Denis Alexander on transhumanism and the attempts to twist nature.
Religion and Ethics Report, ABC Radio National
Public Views of Gene Editing for Babies Depend on How It Would Be Used
Americans are more likely to anticipate negative than positive effects from widespread use of gene-editing technology.
Pew Research Center
Is a Bigger Genetic Code Better? Get Ready to Find Out
Evolution settled on a genetic code that uses four letters to name 20 amino acids. Synthetic biologists adding new bases to DNA will be free to improve on nature — if they can.
Origin of Life
Human Embryo Editing Study Shows We Still Have a Lot to Learn About CRISPR
The first human embryos edited in the U.S. appear to have had a faulty gene repaired — but now a debate is raging as to what actually happened.
The Download, MIT Technology Review
Americans Are Becoming More Open to Human Genome Editing, Survey Finds, but Concerns Remain
Although respondents were generally open to the use of editing technologies, acceptance depended strongly on the specific purpose and its impact on future generations.
The Designer Baby Era Is Not Upon Us
American scientists have now used CRISPR to edit human embryos, but that doesn’t mean we’re entering a Gattaca-style dystopia.
First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.
Researchers have demonstrated they can efficiently improve the DNA of human embryos.
MIT Technology Review
The Evolution of Evolution: Are We the Masters of Our Fate?
It’s a profound question facing modern humans: Are we still subject to natural selection?
World Science Festival
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