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Expanding the Genetic Code
What is amazing is that every form of life on Earth uses the same set of 20 amino acids to make all proteins. Indeed, this set of amino acids is the basis for the genetic code, the code that specifies the relationship between the nucleotide sequence of a gene and the amino acid sequence of a protein. This fact leads to the rather interesting question of why every form of life has the same set of building blocks. Why not 21 or more? Moreover, if we can add new amino acid building blocks to the genetic code, will we be able to create proteins or even new organisms with enhanced chemical, physical, or biological properties?
...Our goals for 2005 are to incorporate unnatural amino acids into multicellular organisms; show that amino acids with altered backbones can be incorporated; incorporate metal-binding amino acids, fluorescent amino acids, and posttranslationally modified amino acids; and determine x-ray crystal structures of mutant synthetases that encode heavy-atom, keto, and glycosylated amino acids.
Originally posted by Umbrax
This may surprise some but I think option 4 is our most realistic option. We will have to hope that adaptation will come into play. Not only should we physically adapt but we should also adapt our way of life. ...We are all connected to this earth and each other.
Originally posted by sardion2000
We gotta Go with the Flow and continue to develop the technologies that will lessen our impact on the planet. Nano-toxicity is one of those fields which will have direct implications on the planet as a whole as just about every type of hazardous material can be understood much better through Nano-toxicity studies (and perhaps even engineered out alltogether), it's one of the fields in which I'm seriously thinking of specialising in.
Originally posted by UofCinLA
We are already de-evolving because of medical tech. Those genes that should have died off are saved and allowed to breed.
We also still see like breeding with like but bottom end tends to have more offspring than top end and so we are dumbing down the entire gene pool to some extent.
We also don't need the large families that an agrarian lifestyle had.
I think it’s also worthwhile to pose "what do we want to evolve to or enhance". Is it brains and the ability to make money or height or cold resistance or what. I think geographic and racial mixing are good but resistance to nasty critters and the like..??
There is no doubt that medical tech will allow selective choosing of characteristics and while it may be banned somewhere, it will be available somewhere else. Super atheletes are a sure bet....
Originally posted by sardion2000
Genetics and Cybernetics will most likely be used to remediate the effects of our escape from Natural Selection which I think is a good thing, its one of the things that has made us into competitive, bloodthirsty savages it helped us turn into what we are today now it's time to turn the page into the next chapter of Human Evolution the self-directed evolution of the Individual. Several species could be created by us within the next hundred years.
Originally posted by unityemissions
.....What can humanity do on the whole?
Prepare: spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
I've come to realize lately that at our current rate of evolution, sanity essentially went out the window some time ago. Norm no longer truly exists. Interestingly, this has brought out an enlightened sense of non-judgment to myself in others. It seems to judge someone today for much of anything is equivelent to judging someone for the way they were born. Both are out of their control. Too much internal change occurring which we most aren't even aware of, yet.
Originally posted by psychederic
The only problem : is the system.
...the problem is the system.
If you don't understand : learn about system theory.
An isolated system cannot exist.
For me, the solution is clear. Trust depends upon transparency. Transparency, in turn, requires openness.
We need an Open Singularity.
At minimum, this means expanding the conversation about the shape that a singularity might take beyond a self-selected group of technologists and philosophers. An "open access" singularity, if you will. Dr. Kurzweil's books are a solid first step, but the public discourse around the singularity concept needs to reflect a wider diversity of opinion and perspective.
If the singularity is as likely and as globally, utterly transformative as many here believe, it would be profoundly unethical to make it happen without including all of the stakeholders in the process—and we are all stakeholders in the future.
Openness and the Metaverse Singularity by Jamais Cascio
> You think : i can do nothing.
No you can become autonomous : create your own system : an autonomous system.