“Forget reading the book of life—we’re now learning how to write it.”

Human beings are another form of information technology


Thu, Nov 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

If I am understanding this correctly, SingularityHub seems to indicate that with our understanding of the genome and our ability not just to read it but to write it and modify it, designer babies may be the norm.

To compare genotypes and phenotypes at scale—first millions, then hundreds of millions, then eventually billions, Metzl said—we’re going to need AI and big data analytic tools, and algorithms far beyond what we have now. These tools will let us move from precision medicine to predictive medicine, knowing precisely when and where different diseases are going to occur and shutting them down before they start.

But, Metzl said, “As we unlock the genetics of ourselves, it’s not going to be about just healthcare. It’s ultimately going to be about who and what we are as humans. It’s going to be about identity.”



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