C-SPAN: Genetics, Genomics, and Robotics

This morning I watched the University of Colorado; Genetics, Genomics, and Robotics C-SPAN session, on the Internet. The program description is shown next:

Scientists and authors talked about the effect on the general public of genetics, genomics, and robotics. Andy Franklin moderated. Panelists answered questions from the audience at the end of the program.

Sidney Perkowitz spoke about bionic-people, the integration of technology into the human body. Sidney mentioned new devices that are controlled through the mind.

Kevin Davies spoke about the future of genetics and in vitro fertilization. Kevin said there are new techniques to test an in vitro embryo at two days of progress that allows examination of particular harmful genes. He also pointed out that this kind of approach would open the possibility for particular gene manipulation to produce certain traits.

Bette Phimister spoke about taking a batch of in virtue embryos and screen for gene mutations to better determine the genetic outcome of the birth person to follow. Bette went on to explain that science knows very little about how genes actually perform. Some gene’s play a pivotal roll in the functionality of other gene’s, but that isn’t well understood until the body is fully grown. Bette advocated against human gene engineering to create better humans due to the uncertainty of the results.

Larry Schweiger spoke about the extent behavior is embodied in our genes. He believes in “Climate Change” and asks to have gene manipulation to make us aware of carbon dioxide buildup. [Editor’s note: Larry, there are organs called “lungs” and “hearts” to monitor carbon dioxide buildup.]

The topic arose about detecting susceptibility of a particular disease. It may be that focusing on that disease takes attention away from un undetected disease that has more likelihood of impacting an individual than the one focused upon in the testing.

The question arose that if technology evolved to offer greater intelligence than humans possess, would that technology endanger us because we are considered by that technology to be inferior?

The panel discussed the ethical implications of technologies and genetic manipulations. No easy answers were offered by over-simplification of the problems. For instance, do parents have the right to bring “savior siblings” into the world?

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Using computer technology since June 1980.
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