Quite a topic isnt it? 😀
The word brings a picture of kindness, passion and morality. But,is it really the case? There are a lot of work that indicates that if humans were to go extinct, then the world would not be affected at all. Infact, the other species would flourish better than ever before. Will humans ever go extinct? We have seen ‘n’ number of movies on killer viruses and natural catastrophes and alien invasion pushing the humans to the brink of extinction. But, somehow, the humans always manage to wriggle out of this tight spot and still continue to live. I had a chat with one of my friend’s about the same. Would a war make humans extinct? We agreed that humans are too lazy for that to happen 😀
In this magnificiant age of technology, we have made some remarkable breakthroughs. We have stumbled upon some very powerful and fundamental laws of nature. Not only that, we have also discovered a way in which we can play around with these laws and “create”. Some dont see it as creating, they say its merely rearranging what already is there in nature. How powerful are these tools you might ask. Well, lets take the example of molecular biology, DNA synthesis in particular. Now, DNA is present in every cell and controls the cell. Its like heart and brain of the cell. You take it out, the cell is just a collection of chemicals.
Now, DNA is made of genes ( Segment of DNA that controls one particular function/trait). A collection of these genes is called a genome. Now, biologists are able to create the entire genome of a bacteria synthetically. Meaning, if you know the structure of the genome, you can create it in your lab. Not only that, they plugged this synthetic genome into a cell whose DNA had been taken out and guess what? The cell started functioning again. Further, you dont even need to have the same cell whose genome you created! You can plugin the genome of a bacteria you created into a yeast and it will work. We have indeed progressed even more further where we have decoded the genes and have identified what functions they perform. Meaning, while synthesizing,if we want the cell to perfom any specific operation, then we just insert that gene into its genome! Imagine a bunch of microbes “programmed” to find and destroy cancerous cells. isn’t it such boon? Even more, you can have these microbes custom made for your own genome. Thats all fine. Now imagine the same microbes but this time programmed to destroy every living cell!!!
Another example would be the supercomputing. As the chip design shrinks in size and its complexity increases exponentially, time is not far when a very small chip will be capable of performing very complex operations in real time. With the advent of technologies like DNA computing (Mainly used to find best possible solutions when millions of solutions are available), quantum computing and advancement in AI, it is estimated that the supercomputers will outgrow human brain. In other words, very small chips can be designed in the future, that are cleverer than humans. Now, combine this with artificial tissues developed from stem cells( Stem cell technology is where cells from your body are taken and using that they can grow an entire organ like retina or even kidney). Now, if you apply genetic modification to the stem cells and then grow an eye, then you can implement different type of power in it. Meaning, you can make that eye sensitive to IR rays just as normal rays. You can implant a small chip that detects sound directly to the nerves so that a deaf can hear. But, you can program this chip to do more than just listen to normal sound!!!! Variables are numerous!
After 1945’s infamous Atomic bomb explosion, it only took 7 years to develop the Hydrogen bomb (Thermo nuclear bomb) which was 1000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb. But, we are still struggling to convert that technology into a power resource. Constructive work is somehow much harder than the destructive work. So, care must be taken when using these technological advancements for the welfare of humans. One person’s flawed reasoning can bring the whole world down. So, as we give this world into the hands of these few people who are going to develop technologies that can either make or break the society, the need for ethics has become necessary more than ever. Lets hope people will feel that building stuff is much more necessary that destroying them