Grasping the true potential of artificial intelligence is like trying to understand how a mantis shrimp sees the world.
In all sorts of different, but related, fields, human beings have made incredible strides at putting ourselves out of a job at the top of the food chain, cognition-wise.
The creation of life made to order in a lab opens a Pandora's Box, according to Pat Mooney of the ETC group. He argues there's much more at stake than we might think.
ETC Group of Ottawa has been monitoring developments in synthetic biology for the past five years and says the pending commercialization of synthetic life brings frightening possibilities.