The same species that brought to life Chernobyl, Fukushima, Agent Orange, 2 world wars, mass genocides, and planetary death via poisons and genetic manipulation, now thinks it has the expertise to “remake the world from the atom up,” and actually get it right.
The plan? World domination, of course! What else? Let’s see, if I was a psychotic megalomaniac with oodles of spare cash just lying around, and a bit of time on my hands, I just might concentrate on my favorite pastime. And that is…. ruling the world, of course! But I would need someone to rule. How about say…… this scenario:
The degredation of the human species into two categories: A “higher” order of transhuman created by designer life technology, and a “lower” order of man fit for certain mundane tasks, created through atmospheric poisons and genetic manipulation at the molecular level.
Remaking the world from the atom up
Nanotechnology is a powerful new technology for taking apart and reconstructing nature at the atomic and molecular level. Nanotechnology embodies the dream that scientists can remake the world from the atom up, using atomic level manipulation to transform and construct a wide range of new materials, devices, living organisms and technological systems. http://nano.foe.org.au/node/198
And we are surrounded. Yes, nanotechnology is here, live and in person. Has been for years. We’ve all seen what the world has made of other such scientific dreams, and I shudder to think of what is coming with this one due to our inability to know our own weaknesses. Especially with that other sticky little problem of greed always seeming to enter into the equation.
…”bottom-up” nanotechnology is closely associated with developments in genetic engineering and the creation of biocomputers. Medical research in nanotechnology is already also fairly advanced. http://explainingthefuture.com/nanotechnology.html
“Future biocomputers will have living microprocessors, possibly crafted from synthetic DNA.”
Will future transhumans be the ultimate biocomputer with intelligence derived from microprocessors using synthetic DNA and “human modification and enhancement technologies?”
We favour allowing individuals wide personal choice over how they enable their lives. This includes use of techniques that may be developed to assist memory, concentration, and mental energy; life extension therapies; reproductive choice technologies; cryonics procedures; and many other possible human modification and enhancement technologies. http://humanityplus.org/learn/transhumanist-declaration/
Will a future sub-species of non-enhanced humans be phased out as more useful and compliant forms of synthetic life that have been manufactured to feel no pain, or lift 400 pounds, or stand in one place for hours and not need a break, or work waist deep in an open pit mining operation become the norm?
Factors that should be considered when you alter life in this manner are:
- Where does the human begin, and the machine and synthetic life end?
- Will transhumanism eventually phase out the human race if allowed to continue unabated?
- What percentage of “human” will it take to be considered an organic life form?
- And the biggest question of all…. where is the part that makes us truly human – the soul? Are we really that arrogant to think that we can create an artificial soul, or simply do without?
Understanding Synthetic Biology
“Synthetic biology either builds new life using standardized genetic building blocks, or makes radical changes to existing life forms.” Christopher Barnatt
Synthetic – That means no soul, no spark of intuition or artistic intelligence. Nothing resembling ‘humanity’ or real life at all. A lump of artificial matter, designed for a particular function, that’s it. Point and click, and the designer DNA takes over.
As this world becomes more and more polluted and uninhabitable for the rest of humanity, those that can afford it will be able to upgrade. Those of us who can’t will undergo a genetic hailstorm designed to lower our I.Q.s, stunt our growth, sterilize us, and turn us into a good little slave race of sub-human troglodytes, ready, willing and able to do the dirtiest of tasks that the “super race” of genetically superior transhumans wouldn’t think of doing. Not a pretty picture, but one worthy of a psychotic megalomaniac with oodles of spare cash just lying around, and a bit of time on his/her hands.
So, before we go down this road, think of this: No one snowflake is alike, and no one man is alike. A higher intelligence than man designed it that way. We do not have the knowledge nor the ability to arrogantly take over creation and remake the world in our own image without messing it up. We are simply not that damned smart.
Technology is good. Technology is fun. But there is a line that should never be crossed. And that is the line that exists between dominating our technology and letting it dominate us. Do we really want this kind of future? Do we really want to fulfill some oligarch’s demented dream of Utopia, and lose our humanity in the process? If the criminal oligarchy and technocrats get their way, we won’t have a choice.
© 2011 Barbara H. Peterson