The following video is a commercial from Fidelity Investments. This commerical describes the relatively new field of science called “synthetic biology”–the creation of new life forms by man, computers and laboratories. For example, with some genetic tweaking, scientists have already created a breed of goats that produce a milk that can be spun into spider silk that’s stronger than steel. (How’d you like some of that milk on your Wheaties?)
The commercial mentions other new life forms that may be able to provide some astounding benefits for mankind and predicts that within 50 years we might have more “synthetic” life forms created by man than we currently find in nature.
If you’re an optimist, this commercial offers some exciting possibilities for the future.
If you’re a pessimist, this commercial may seem weird and even scary. I.e., in the pursuit of profits, some corporation or lab or mad scientist will inevitably produce a new life form that will kill us all.
We’ve all seen movies where the world is invaded by monsters from another planet. These aliens almost defeat the human race and almost gain control of the world. But, in the end, mankind prevails.
Well, this commercial at least implies that we might not have to wait for monsters from outer space to invade the earth. Instead, we may be able to create our own monsters right here, in earth-based laboratories.
The world is getting weirder and weirder. Yesteryear’s mad scientist has become today’s profit center. Increasingly, any idea that can make a buck, can’t be crazy or dangerous or even evil. In an “economy” (rather than a “nation”), there is no right or wrong; only profit and loss.