Earlier this month Vinod Khosla ( one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems) said that he is more concerned about genes manipulation than Artificial Intelligence (AI):
"So I think Elon's concern is a valid concern and one we should pay attention to, but probably more manageable than he might intimate. I can think of more scary technologies that we're using today - CRISPR being one in biology - which has equally scary potential."
Source: Quora session: Held On December 2, 2015.
Both topics, genetic engineer and artificial intelligence, are the object of intense discussions and the focus of our two thriller books ( Black Hawk Day Rewind and Dhungwana 2117).
We fully agree with the point made by Vinod Khosla on technical progress:
"I personally believe technical progress should not be stopped for fear of a downside outcome. Many of these high-leverage technologies need careful consideration, discussion, and protocols."
We think that the most interesting, and in some way worrying, future development is the integration between genetic engineer and artificial intelligence.
Obviously, there are many beneficial impacts, such as the successful treatment of children with a degenerative enzyme disorder or the development of bionic prosthetic lower limbs.
Yet we also considered what could happen with the right technology in the wrong hands.
On that note here is an extract from 'Black Hawk Day Rewind':
"Do you find the patients more aggressive? I understand, but against whom? Um...let's see how the situation evolves. This phenomenon could be a consequence of the transplantation and the subsequent conditioning.
“It seems that civilian patients are less susceptible. However, I prefer a certain type of behavior from a soldier; we're not creating missionary nuns. I'm glad to hear that. See you soon. Bye."
Walton I. Reed hung up and turned to speak to Green with a relieved smile on his face:
"He’s satisfied with the work in progress. He’s already carried out some tests on their three patients. They proved to be less vulnerable to fatigue and much more aggressive..."
"Aggressive? How exactly?"
"Attacking people in their vicinity. They are trained for this, damn it! But, are you stupid or have they transplanted you with a banana scaffold in place of neuronal tissue?"...
Baibin Nighthawk writes spy fiction, thrillers and science fiction. She is the co-author of the Mark Savannah espionage series and of the Dhungwana Chronicles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Certificate in Art (Martenot Arts Plastiques, Paris).