Background: The Hyperion Cantos book 1 and 2 and The New York Times on mitochondrial manipulation (see further description on bottom of page).
It is my impression that theres an underlying, and absolute, assumption that genetic engineering will lead to less diversity.
If given a choice of a range of possible engineered enhancements, would all societies, ethnicities and subgroups have the same preferences ?
I think not.
Then it follows that future genetic engineering will lead to greater diversity. Strange and unpredictable diversity.
The difference would be that it is now humankind deciding which different variants that are brought to life, not “nature”.
We would still need to accept and accomodate the “different” individuals in our society, probably even to a greater extent.
Would that not be a good thing ?
If you keeep putting up hurdles to stop implementation of advances in genetic engineering, are you not halting the development of a “natural” way to save humankind in the future ?
Genetic engineering is by this reasoning, the natural way forward.
It should be cool an unpredictable, just like nature is today.
The Hyperion Cantos book 1 and 2 describes a struggle between three parties: 1) artificial intelligence (AI), 2) a probable extension of our present tech-savvy society dependent on AI and 3) an AI-independent “natural” biologically diverse society (based on genetic engineering !?). Spoiler: The “natural” biological society wins.
Quote from NYT-article: “Some told the officials that the technique could introduce new genetic mutations into the human gene pool. Others warned that it could be used later for something ethically murkier — perhaps, said Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, “to engineer children with specific character traits.””