posted on Jun, 8 2015 @ 12:39 AM
The development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs during, and shortly after, WWII was based upon a concept postulated by Albert Einstein in his 1905
paper on special relativity. The concept had to do with mass–energy equivalence and was described in his famous equation E = mc^2. The formal
derivation of this relationship between mass and energy was a big step forward for science and our understanding of one of nature’s great mysteries.
In a nutshell, it basically meant that a small amount of matter can release a huge amount of energy, as in a nuclear reaction. As we all know, the
military application of this concept resulted in the end of WWII. Depending on how you look at it, the development of “the bomb” either
a) Served a good and honorable purpose by ending the war and saving a lot of lives, or
b) Caused the instant/horrific death of many thousands of innocent people and the total destruction of the cities they lived in.
One thing for sure, it changed our world, suddenly anointing mankind with the power of complete and utter destruction. Within a few short years we
gave a small group of individuals on the planet the capability to destroy the world many times over at the push of a button. The genie was now out of
the bottle and couldn’t be put back in, which brings us to today.
Einstein had no idea when he made his discovery that it would lead to the dark alleys that it has. As a pure scientist, he was simply trying to
advance our understanding of the Universe and it’s workings. The development of “the bomb” caused him much distress and sorrow. The U.S.
government even lifted Einstein’s security clearances and black-listed him for his opposition to “the bomb”. It reminds me of a quote attributed
to him about the way it came to be. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Einstein said, "If I had known they were going to do this, I would have become a
At any rate, I mention this because I believe it has some relevance to the situation we find ourselves in today. I feel there’s a certain amount of
uneasiness in the air right now regarding some of the technologies that are advancing at break-neck speeds. As I put it in another thread, it’s not
just the genetic engineering advances taking place that’s causing a lot of stir these days. Let’s not forget the rapid developments taking place
in other critical technologies/sciences, as well; artificial intelligence, robotics, mass data collection and mining, genome sequencing, human
longevity, nanotechnology, neuroscience, brainwave research, epigenetic modification of DNA structures, and on and on... There has never been a time
when so much change has taken place so rapidly, around so many life-changing areas of scientific/engineering research, all at the same time and under
the complete control and questionable judgement (cough, cough...) of humans. I just think we need to tread very lightly and thoroughly think through
the possible ramifications of what we’re doing right now, and where it may lead us down the road. Technology is a double-edged sword. Hopefully in
our haste to build the world’s first AI, or engineer the perfect Human, or finally realize the Fountain of Youth, we will not overlook the grave
consequences in the event we screw up. It could mean the survival of our species, to put it lightly.
Just my 2 cents...
PS: Regarding the subject of the OP, Hitler would’ve loved to get ahold of epigenetic modification of DNA technology.