Will there be free will in a brave new bioengineered world?

It may be difficult to believe when you think of Donald Trump, but the age of super-humans is almost upon us. Some people are confident that over the next century genetic engineering, electronic implants, new drugs and the medical defeat of ageing will give rise to a race of beings with capabilities far beyond our own. And what will they do with them? What will clichéd fears about ‘playing God’ mean to our descendants who, by comparison with us, will effectively be gods?

  • infedel

    See; we have robots…no need for third world invaders as population replacement. /

  • Waffle

    The old, dead writers knew all about the folly and arrogance of man presuming to play god. Read Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein — the original. It is a heartbreaking cautionary tale.

    Our electronic “toys” have already altered the circuitry of our brains, and not necessarily for the better.

    “Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say.”

    “Every technological civilization faces two opposing dangers. One is the hubris that says: we have godlike powers, therefore let us take the place of God. The other is the fear that says: in the name of God, let us not use these godlike powers at all. Both are wrong. Each technological advance carries with it the possibility of diminishing or enhancing human dignity. What matters is how we use it. The way to use it is in covenant with God, honouring His image that is mankind.”
    The Dignity of Difference p. 172

    (Lord Jonathan Sacks)

  • vwVwwVwv

    if you are afraid from the forest dont enter it.
    the stap down from the tree was not less dangerouse,
    we will do it, thats our destiny, there will be new drugs, new
    technology, problems, failiour….. god gave us sience
    and made us curiouse, its good and it can
    make the life beter for future

    dont be afraid, fear kills your intelect. 😉

  • Brett_McS

    I doubt whether progress will be fast enough to allow for the sudden creation of ‘super beings’ before at least a large proportion of the general public have access to the technology (and if everyone is super then no one is). The reason is that there is no money in just catering to the super rich; there aren’t enough of them to generate return on the massive investment in research and development, although they are useful supporters during the development stage. The real ROI comes from selling on the mass-market, to the man in the street. I think bio-tech will be a genuine boon to mankind.

  • FactsWillOut

    I have no issues with mankind lurching towards godhood.

  • ismiselemeas

    I can’t wait. It’s time to sort the wheat from the chaff anyway.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Nietzsche should be living at this hour.