Words of Advice:

“Stand back and stand by.”— Trump’s orders to American Nazis, 9/29/2020

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, December 17, 2007

WTF; Biological Edition

Biologists are on the verge of creating new life-forms with wholly synthetic DNA.

Can anybody in that industry think past the "oh, we can make a shitload of money doing this" aspect and consider whether or not this is a good idea in general?

They should take a look at the history of other technologies and if they did so with open eyes, they would come to realize that what looks so nifty in the laboratory or on the drawing board often turns out to have a lot of consequences that would have horrified its inventors. And sometimes, what even seems to be really helpful and benign developments have downrange effects and consequences that have been anything but benign.

My feeling is that we, as a species, are not smart enough to be dealing with reaching inside the nuclei to create new life forms.

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