Bill McKibben’s newest book, Falter, discusses the convergence of several existential threats to humanity –– artificial intelligence, genetic engineering and climate change.
On Nov. 28, He Jianku — a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford from 2011-2012 — announced to hundreds of scientists, colleagues and journalists that he had created the world’s first genetically edited babies: twin girls with the pseudonyms Lulu and Nana whose DNA he claims to have altered to make them HIV-resistant.
Before pundits and politicians reduce the questions and solutions posed by GE crops and GE agribusiness down to sound bytes and slogans, we must realize just how powerfully positive the effects of genetically engineering our food can be if handled correctly.
While the growing market of animal products should be encouraged for their moral and health benefits, the market is also interesting for its potential to spark one of the greatest changes to the human diet in recent history.
I propose a Darwinian definition: more fit to survive. I don’t mean to say we should ruthlessly outcompete other living beings; instead I refer to survival in a universal societal sense. Humanity has a greater chance of dealing successfully with upcoming crises if the “superorganism” of society as a whole is adaptable.