A Google engineer, Blake Lemoine, mistakenly designated one AI program “sentient.”
They said they wouldn’t do it, but of course they did. Scientists working in China — where else? — have constructed embryos that are part human and part monkey.
This “experiment” was very wrong on at least four fronts. First, it created human life for the purpose of experimenting upon it.
Genetic engineering could unleash a deadly pandemic or lead to a “new eugenics” with very sharp teeth.
Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World as a dire warning. But we aren’t paying heed.