The Dark Side of World-Changing Technologies

February 15, 2016: Read article in Huffington Post Tech. “There are numerous novel technologies that will change society and empower individuals — but they have a dark side that’s all too frequently overlooked…We know all too well that technical expertise doesn’t guarantee balanced rationality… The rising empowerment of tech-savvy groups or individuals with bio and cybertechnology will pose an intractable challenge to governments and aggravate the tension between freedom, privacy and...

When Extinction Is a Humanitarian Cause

February 17, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Humans have driven species to extinction through our hunger, our ignorance, our desire for economic growth, and our indifference. Will one species of mosquito be the first we eliminate for humanitarian...

Pope Francis Said to Bless Human-Animal Chimeras

January 27, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem-cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow human tissue inside of farm animals such as pigs, sheep, and cows. This type of research is sensitive because scientists have to inject human stem cells into early-stage animal embryos, then try to implant the embryos into surrogate animals in the hopes of producing fully-formed human organs for transplant. Belmonte told Scientific American that Pope Francis has personally blessed this ethically questionable research which may blur the line between human and...