Thursday, April 10, 2014
Our group walked to the KUC. We talked about engineering intelligence through genetics and the sort of society that would come from that. Some people would be born with greater capacities for intelligence and would be more favored in career positions. This would lead to a gap between those whose parents can afford to engineer their children and those who cannot. Those who cannot get engineered before birth would not be able to perform as good as these genetically engineered citizens without much practice. However, even If a non-engineered person practices a lot that does not guarantee they will be on the same level. This sort of society would favor more intelligent people. The more intelligent people would receive better paying jobs to allow them to afford to engineer their children. Less intelligent people would not receive jobs with as much pay and would not be able to engineer their children. This society would over time lock these to groups into their places with some families scraping enough money together to make the children more intelligent to move up the ladder of success.
I personally would not mind this sort of society for a few years as long as there was a set date that the government would eventually just engineer the rest of all babies to create an even playing field. However, I also have to wonder if the engineering the government would do on mass would be as good as a private biological engineering firm would. Would the government stop where the private firm would continue and could the government use this engineering opportunity to make us more docile and less likely to revolt against a dictator? I would not like that.