Can you imagine a future where parents can pick the eye color, hair color, skin color and height of their new baby? Does that sound like some wild dream of the future? Well, the future is now. One Los Angeles fertility clinic is now offering to design babies to the exact specifications of the parents.
The Fertility Institute is calling this new technology “cosmetic medicine”. Do you want your daughter to look like Barbie? Done. Just order up a tall, light-skinned, green-eyed, daughter with blonde hair and the clinic will do the rest.
This technology is based on something called “pre-implantation genetic diagnosis”, or PGD, which doctors have been using the last few years to identify potentially deadly diseases in embryos. The technology has become so advanced that now doctors can not just spot potential diseases, but they can actually get enough information from an embryonic cell that they can identify thousands of characteristics of a single embryo.
Well, this day has finally arrived. Genetically engineered human beings and designer children born to parents who can afford to pay the fees.
And make no bones about it, this will happen.
The next question is; “Will this new technology be made available to the masses?”
What do you think?
In a related note, Technological Singularity advocate Michael Anissimov’s blog Accelerating Future has a recent post in which a commentor mentions ectogenesis; The growing of a fetus in an artificial womb outside of a biological body.
This poses an ethical question that if the technology becomes economically viable, will abortions due to unwanted children become illegal again?
And if the reasons for abortion become moot, who, or what will raise these children if the parent(s) refuse to raise them?
Who pays the cost of growing the fetus to maturation, the State/taxpayers, or the unwilling parent(s)?
These issues, like the designer children, are already here.
Witness the Octo-Mom media spectacle/circus/carnival and the results so far.
One of the main reasons I started this blog originally was to discuss Transhumanism and the ramifications for society.
I have strayed from that over the past 22 months because I found other subjects that seemed more important at the time. And issues of the NWO, esoteric symbolism, UFOs and alternate history will continue to draw my attention.
But needless to say, I still consider myself a transhumanist in an offhand kind of way because I’m still living and breathing due to technologies that were once considered impossible 30 short years ago. There were no ghosts, evil spirits, grey aliens, tricksters, possessions, priests, ministers or exorcisms involved in keeping me alive.
Just good old fashioned human research and tech.
And maybe a little luck.
Now according to the Multiverse Theory, we inhabit many parallel Universes at once, in fact, infinite.
Many possibilities exist at the same time, all it takes is for an event to be witnessed/measured in order to make it “real.” And just that very act alone causes an infinite number of “branches/possibilities” to come about.
Could there be an untold amount of parallel “Universes” in which I didn’t survive the operation?
According to many quantum theorists, yes.
Is this “woo-woo” mysticism writ large? A secular religion? Impossible?
Or just plain bullshit to calm the sheeple who couldn’t understand it anyway?
Many other theorists say yes to that.
If there really is such a thing as Transhumanism, perhaps these fundemental questions of existence can be answered.