What Would Change Everything?

“What would change everything?”

That was the Edge World Question Center’s 2009 annual question put to 151 scientists and other intellectuals. It resulted in responses that totaled 107,000 words.

Nobel laureate James Watson, who discovered the DNA double helix, and genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter, recently were awarded Double Helix Awards from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for being the founding fathers of human genome sequencing. They are the first two human beings to have their complete genetic information decoded.

Watson noted during his acceptance speech that he doesn’t want government involved in decisions concerning how people choose to handle information about their personal genomes.

Venter is on the brink of creating the first artificial life form on Earth. He has already announced transplanting the information from one genome into another. In other words, your dog becomes your cat. He has privately alluded to important scientific progress in his lab, the result of which, if and when realized, will change everything.


You can find out (at least, what might) at The Edge WORLD QUESTION CENTER

Take your time – there’s a lot of reading, and not all of it’s comforting.

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One Reply to “What Would Change Everything?”

  1. That’s a fascinating site, RJ – I’ve saved it so that I can read a few pieces each day. To start, I read the first and last from the list, Alan Alda and someone whose name begins with Z.

    Alan Alda’s thoughts are very sane and reasonable – I doubt that any other writer will better them, but I shall see in due course.

    The Z man’s thoughts about all computers breaking down is ominous, and would indeed change everything – though I guess we’d survive. The good news is that it’d slow down warfare, for a time at least.

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