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Episode 013 – Artificial Life: Playing God, Making Money
Controversy? Are some people playing god? And making money? The new topic of down the Rabbit Hole is about Artificial Life: Playing God, making money.
First things first, we need to establish what is Artificial life, also referred to as “aLife” and as “synthetic life”. It is a field of study which examines systems related to life.
Exists 3 main kinds of alife, which are named for their approaches, “soft” from software; “hard” from computing hardware and “wet” from biochemistry.
We also mention one of the most famous innovators in the field, Craig Venter, who is an American biotechnologist, geneticist and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and the first to transfect a cell with a synthetic genome.
But since this is the first part of the show we obviously had to talk about conspiracy theories and Sci-fi and that’s how we arrive to the New World Order (NWO). A conspiracy theory mentions that one of the goals of the NWO is to create a new breed of superhumans called post-humans and also that this project is tightly related to aliens. We go through some of those details
Then enter the discussion about Transhumanists, conspiracy theorists not liking it and both certainly not wanting to be tracked.
If this was not enough, also the Pentagon has something to share through their DARPA project, which looks to re-write the laws of evolution to the Military’s advantage (obviously…) by creating “synthetic organisms” that can live forever or can be killed with the flick of a molecular switch.
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