As humans, we have come to a point where we don’t adapt to our environment anymore but are changing our environment to our needs. What will this mean for our future?
Teleos - A future image
We are used to adapting ourselves to our surroundings, like every living organism. As humans, we have come to a point where we don’t adapt to our environment anymore but are changing our environment to our needs. Simone saw in her research different examples of this; the changing of land, nature, plants and animals: we are redesigning nature. Enriquez and Gullans, two science authors and researchers, believe that mankind will transition into a new species, Homo evolutis, which directly and deliberately controls its own evolution and that of many other species.
If we as a species are going to deliberately and directly control our own evolution what does this mean for our future? When we look at how we treat nature and how we are redesigning animals these same techniques and values might be applied to us. Choosing the best genes, selecting gender, hair colour etc. Would we even have to have sex to reproduce since we created species that can’t reproduce naturally? When you are redesigning species these genes will become intellectual property, patents can be filled for genes that are in our bodies. Would we have to pay for our offspring?