Salvation by Tech—Artificial Intelligence, CRISPR, and Radical Human Enhancement
Sat 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Venue: Convo 04
How would you like to live healthy for 500 years—or longer? This program examines the religious and social implications of radical physical, cognitive, affective, moral, and spiritual enhancements unfolding from developments in genetic engineering (e.g., CRISPR gene editing), tissue engineering and organ replacement, merging of computer technology with human biology, robotics, and nanotechnology. This “radical evolution” could trump terrorism and global climate change as the leading political, economic, social, and religious/spiritual issue of our time. If, e.g., the science of “practical immortality” is realized and the technology becomes widely available, it would arguably have a more radical impact than any other development in human history. Two leaders in this “transhumanism” and religion conversation discuss theological, ethical, justice, and disability implications of radical enhancement.