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Designer Babies Dilemma in Sharp Focus With Fast Moving Fertility Tech

Moral panic around “designer babies” is nothing new, but rapid advances in technology that allows adult cells to be reprogrammed into sperm and egg cells could bring the issue into sharp focus. Since the 90s it has been common practice to genetically profile embryos used in in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. This is done largely […]

What Happens When Tech Takes Control of Evolution?

Over the span of a few billion years, diversity of life has flourished on Earth through the process of natural selection. Then, not long ago (relatively), human intelligence evolved. For the first time one species, Homo sapiens, could consciously control its destiny on this planet. Humans have been shaping ourselves, the environment and other species […]

Medicine Will Advance More in the Next 10 Years Than It Did in the Last 100

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently announced a $3 billion effort to cure all disease during the lifetime of their daughter, Max. Earlier this year, Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker donated $250 million to increase collaboratio…

Scientists Hoped to Have Cloned a Living Woolly Mammoth by Now — Why Haven’t We?

Five years ago, we wrote about a team of Japanese scientists who predicted they would successfully clone a woolly mammoth within five years. So, why don’t we have a living mammoth yet? Even though the project has not been successful to date — the quest has continued. Here are a few of the milestones that have occurred since we published the story (in full below) about the project. In 2013, a woolly mammoth carcass, nicknamed “Buttercup,” was… read more

This Is the Olympics On Technology—When Enhancement Is the Norm

For the purpose of this post, I’d like to suspend moral and ethical considerations for a moment — let’s call this a fun thought experiment. As we enter Olympics season, I find myself thinking about what you might call the “unlimited-class” Olympics or the “anything goes” Olympics — where genetic manipulation, drugs, robotic prostheses, and AI are not only allowed but encouraged. This post is a quick look at what this might look like. And, finally, after… read more

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future

Over the last several decades, the digital revolution has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. The pace of progress in computers has been accelerating, and today, computers and networks are in nearly every industry and home across the world. Many observers first noticed this acceleration with the advent of modern microchips, but as Ray Kurzweil wrote in his book The Singularity Is Near, we can find a number of eerily similar trends in other areas too. According to Kurzweil’s law of accelerating returns, technological progress is moving ahead at an exponential rate, especially in information technologies. This means today’s… read more

CRISPR Dispute Raises Bigger Patent Issues That We’re Not Talking About

The worlds of science, technology and patent law eagerly await the U.S. government’s decision on who deserves patents on what many have referred to as the biotechnology invention of the century: the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique. Scientists hail CRISPR/Cas9 as more accurate and efficient than other, now-traditional genetic engineering methods. As a result, CRISPR has generated worldwide debate about how it could accelerate the manipulation of plants, animals and even human beings at the molecular level. That some DNA modifications can be passed on to future generations raises particular concern. But the patent dispute, focusing on whether scientists at the Broad… read more

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 19)

ROBOTICS: How Emotion Research Is Pulling Robots Out of the Uncanny Valley and Into Our Lives Selena Larson | The Daily Dot “There are a number of reasons why the uncanny valley exists, ranging from media portrayal of anthropomorphic robots, to the simple fact that they often remind us of our own mortality. And then there’s the idea that the lack of emotions and empathy in humanoid robots serve as a reminder that despite looking like a living thing, they are not one.” SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: CRISPR Is Going to Revolutionize Our Food System—and Start a New War Over GMOs Adele Peters | Fast Company “At… read more

Exponential Medicine: What to Expect When You’re Expecting Designer Babies

Anywhere you look in the modern world, you’ll see humans translating science fiction into science fact. We make predictions about a far off future, and then our curiosity drives us… read more

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