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Re: Designer babies

Post by Grammatron » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:26 pm

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Nyarlathotep wrote:People might try lots of things eventually. That people might eventually attempt to misuse technology is no argument against technology.
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If we avoided every technology that might have dire consequences I don't think we would have gotten past "fire".
I agree 100%. I just think this philosophy need not be only applied to technology.

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Re: Designer babies

Post by Nyarlathotep » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:29 pm

gnome wrote:My scenario isn't necessarily one of deliberate misuse--I worry about it as a sociological consequence of people simply following their own interest without any thoughts of harm to anyone else (at least, no more than typically).

I agree it isn't an argument against the technology per se. Just whether we need to work out a few social issues before it's wise to choose to apply it in that fashion.

I see it as no different than limiting the nuclear club. It reduces its exposure to irrational actors, not that nuculars=evuls!
I find attempts to change society more ill fraught than attempts to change technology. Society is the end result of the whims and desires of millions and billions of people. It pretty much goes where it goes. All you can do is let the chips fall where they may and hope it adjusts
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Re: Designer babies

Post by gnome » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:13 pm

True... and actually one of the more optimistic points of view I hold is that science fiction/speculative fiction in some ways prepares us culturally for unexpected consequences of revolutionary technology.

Robots and AI's, for example--the idea of laws that govern interactions between them and humans, pervades development and discussion of new breakthroughs. Even if we don't strictly adopt the classic Asimov line, just having a general understanding of how much it matters improves our outlook.
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Re: Designer babies

Post by xouper » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:37 pm

Nyarlathotep wrote:. . . That people might eventually attempt to misuse technology is no argument against technology.
That's my position too.



I can never seem to get the so-called gun grabbers to see that point. :Scratch4:

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Post by Nyarlathotep » Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:09 pm

Not sure if you are saying that I am a "gun grabber". I do not gush about guns because I have no interest in them. But neither do i have a problem with them.
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Re: Designer babies

Post by xouper » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:18 am

Nyarlathotep wrote:Not sure if you are saying that I am a "gun grabber". I do not gush about guns because I have no interest in them. But neither do i have a problem with them.
Sorry I wasn't more clear. No, I was not referring to you. My comment was merely intended as an aside, not necessarily aimed at any specific person on this forum.

However, on another forum there are some rabid gun grabbers.

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Re: Designer babies

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Re: Designer babies

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Re: Designer babies

Post by sparks » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:39 pm

I just have to wonder how much money was spent on that little charade... And how they justified it as 'the next step'.

What madness.



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Re: Designer babies

Post by Pyrrho » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:53 am

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Why? I mean...WHY???
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Re: Designer babies

Post by Grammatron » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:04 pm

lol wtf

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Re: Designer babies

Post by Doctor X » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:49 am

Bacon makes everything better, even following YHWH's commandments.



Wait. . . .

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