From: The Prophetic Backbone
WHERE businesses resist ethical statutes limiting gateways into the wide open fields of bio-sciences – there our societal battles will persist until resolved by laws. There's also the economic-class tension felt by a wide spectrum of society about the creation of wealth for a few technologists which may soon generate impassioned activism against their economic boom. Ethical guidance with accountability seems to be a wait-and-see movement when trying to keep AI and genetics from pushing us over the edge. And, we must have one or the other – laws and ethics or accept digital predestination. Predestination is much more a biblical concept of humankind in time than Charles Darwin's evolution theory.
Digital predestination can easily pinpoint the time of discovery of physical, electrical and mechanical properties in computer systems logic. We also know the chronology. Having progressed to the moment when creating a biological-digital human being seems likely, today, some technologists assume the status of “creator”. Their imaginations, however, may be evolving faster than what biological bodies can adapt to and ethical laws be written to constrain. Yet, if the tech prophets can put the burden of making artificial life on the artificial intelligence - then their social dilemma is resolved. This, even though Darwin identified human evolution in the same tree of life as species without intelligence. So the questions of our time have become, Were we destined to create a part human - part digital species? Is digital predestination, like our very genomes, expressing a new nature and reality for the future of human life?
As I have elaborated, the Prophetic Backbone will be a network specially constructed to apply AI toward managing digitalized, artificial beings – part human part silicon, having synthetically re-designed genomes. We'll have to decide if Melvin Kranzberg was correct when he wrote his First Law of Technology, "technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral". This time, it's different.
from: the last chapter of The Prophetic Backbone. They may claim the future but eternity has been claimed