In the future – The neighborhood terrorist
As a science fiction writer, I try to think how the future will look. Sometimes I look at big ideas like colonizing other planets, and sometimes I look at little things. It’s these little – and perhaps silly – things I’ll be writing about in this series.
In my two previous articles in this series, I’ve talked about genetically modified plants to produce items to be used around the home. While I do believe that genetically modified organisms could – and hopefully will – drastically change life for the better, I don’t want it to seem like I’m complete blasé about the matter and that genetically modified organisms could only be used for good. And that’s a key thing I think many people forget when it comes to genetically modified organisms. Technology is neither good nor bad, it’s how it’s used. For example, a rocket that launches a weather satellite to help better predict the path of hurricanes, could also launch a nuke to anywhere in the world.
Genetically modified organisms can be used to increase food production, create medicines, provide useful items around the house, and they could be used by some nutjob to unleash a plague. Biological warfare is not new. In days of old they’d catapult the corpses of plague victims into a besieged town, but nowadays it’s a bit more sophisticated. Currently there are treaties and regulations around biological agents, but as the technology to modify organisms gets better, and cheaper, and more prevalent in society, the day will come when the guy down the block will stop making meth, download the genetics of various diseases, and start whipping up a plague in his garage.
It’s just a, somewhat scary, idea.
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