Originally Posted by franksargent
Somehow I don't think machines that can't evolve on their own (absent "intelligent interventions") would be considered living organisms, able to procreate and pass on their artificial traits in a true form of natural selection.
You have a point, machine evolution is unlikely (though theoretically possible).
What I meant was that humans would eventually develop various levels of implant/bionic technology, perhaps even going so far as the sci-fi cliche of existing as a brain floating in a tank of nutrients hooked to wires, even further mudding the definition of what is 'human'.
Originally Posted by talksense101
The scary part is that I believe we are headed towards this. It isn't that difficult to foresee a future where someone discovers a "terrorist" gene and recommends that parents who are susceptible to have that type of child use clinical methods for artificial reproduction.
edit: Read this too.
Props for mentioning Gattaca, beat me to it!
In regard to the 'terror' gene testing, I am going to be scheduling an appointment at UNC Chapel Hill to have myself tested for a defective gene trait that is now known to bring on the heart problems I am having, since other non-genetic causes don't appear to be a factor in my case. (my blood pressure is 160, non-smoker, non-alcoholic, clear arteries, but there is a family history of sudden cardiac death)
If they do find the gene, it is recommended that my immediate family and children get tested for it as well. Right now it's not 100% proof that one will develop the full problems if you have this gene defect, but it would mean that you'd want to have your heart monitored more closely than others in order to catch any changes early.