We’ve written about the possibilities of gene editing and genetic engineering before, back when scientists were debating the ethics of a technology with a wide scope for misuse.

Now, Youtube channel Kurzgesagt have put together an ideal video primer on genetic engineering, covering its history, current applications and future uses and debates all in under 15 minutes!

It begins with a comparison to the internet:

“Imagine you were alive back in the 1980s and were told that computers would soon take over everything, from shopping to dating and the stock market. That billions of people would be connected via a kind of web.[…] It would seem absurd, but then all of it happened.”

This highlights the insane cultural shift that’s in store for us, and is in fact already happening. In the 90s, academics like Vernor Vinge imagined that human augmentation would involve “high-bandwidth” connections of 1Mbit/second. To put that into perspective, Netflix needs a speed of 4Mb!

Today’s uses of GM crops and our predictions of designer babies won’t even come close to what genetic engineering will really be used for 20 years from now.


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