[NetBehaviour] Crash course on our biotech future.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Aug 2 13:58:03 CEST 2009

Crash course on our biotech future.


A small group of scientists, entrepreneurs, cultural impresarios and
journalists that included architects of the some of the leading
transformative companies of our time (Microsoft, Google, Facebook,
PayPal), arrived at the Andaz Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in West
Hollywood, to be offered a glimpse, guided by George Church and Craig
Venter, of a future far stranger than Mr. Huxley had been able to
imagine in 1948.

In this future — whose underpinnings, as Drs. Church and Venter
demonstrated, are here already — life as we know it is transformed not
by the error catastrophe of radiation damage to our genetic processes,
but by the far greater upheaval caused by discovering how to read
genetic sequences directly into computers, where the code can be
replicated exactly, manipulated freely, and translated back into living
organisms by writing the other way. "We can program these cells as if
they were an extension of the computer," George Church announced ]

via Bruce Sterling - http://tinyurl.com/mu9qn7


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