Rapidly advancing and converging technologies (AI, genetic engineering, synthetic biology, robotics, etc.) are putting more power in our hands than we have ever known. This will alter the fabric of our lives, economies, societies, and the environment. It will also alter our bodies and brains, as well as those of our children.
This blog is an exploration of these futures.
In particular it is a place to consider one of the most consequential ethical dilemmas humans face: now that we have the power to create life (through increasingly abstracted means) and to make selections and even modifications about the kinds of people we do (and do not) want to bring into the world, what choices will we make? And why?
I owe my life to reproductive technologies. I’m also lucky enough to have fabulous STS scholars, feminists, philosophers, anthropologists, technologists, futurists, scientists, and engineers around me. But I’ve found that most people I talk to do not know about these technological developments, haven’t heard about their current impacts, and aren’t thinking about their potential consequences. I think that will have to change.
I am a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School studying science and technology policy. Please reach out if you want to discuss Our Brave New World!
I believe in social justice, and in the right to equity for all. I am firmly pro-choice, and also firmly anti-eugenics. I want to work towards futures in which we do not discriminate against women, people of color, people with disabilities, or people with non-traditional sexualities or gender identities. I want to work towards futures in which we prioritize education and sustainable health for all living things.
I believe that technology is necessarily value-laden, and that we urgently need deeper engagement, from more people, about how to design just, fair, and transparent systems.