There are actually many 2001: A room Odyssey Monoliths in mankind’s history: the wheel, the development of agriculture, the inner combustion engine. 1 of these, however, were physical. You can find several such step-changes in this thinking, our ethics and morals. The Christian church has fought against numerous. Galileo was merely probably the most famous victims of those.
I suspect that Dr He Jiankui’s work towards gene editing within the Southern University of Science in Shenzhen will turn into one such Monolith moments (Scientist broke law creating gene-edited girls, China says, 30 November). Pioneers, particularly in the life sciences, will invariably run the risk of surpassing man’s moral and ethical evolution.
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