Genetic Engineering of Intelligence & National Security

In summary, the conversation discusses the future of human life in relation to genetic research and the possibility of genetically engineering babies for high intelligence. The implications for national security and the potential for a genetic arms race are also mentioned. The conversation ends with a quote about the importance of morals in creating a good society and the acknowledgement that there is no way to answer these questions, leading to possible conspiracy theories.
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I've been listening to the likes of neuroscientist Sam Harris and physicist Stephen Hsu (who seems to have turned his interests towards genomics research these days) discuss the future of human life, given genetic research and cutting edge knowledge in this area.

I think it was Hsu who said we'd have designer babies engineered for the greatest probability of high intelligence in the near future.

That made me wonder...suppose we can genetically engineer babies for having high intelligence (or, at least, having a high probability of having high IQ). ...What are the implications for national security? Given that super intelligence can be used for all sorts of military and national defense purposes, from building weapons to cracking secret communication codes, will there be a sort of genetic arms race by nations to ensure their governments employ and have the smartest humans working in national defense?

This is one cool talk on the subject matter:


I'm reminded of C.S. Lewis' quote: "Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil." It's morals, not intelligence or education, that gives rise to a good society.
 
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There is no way we can answer this. And this just leads to conspiracy theories. Thread closed.
 

What is genetic engineering?

Genetic engineering is the process of altering an organism's genetic material in order to change its characteristics or traits. This can be done through various techniques such as gene editing, gene insertion, or gene deletion.

How can genetic engineering be used to enhance intelligence?

There are various ways in which genetic engineering can potentially enhance intelligence. One method is through identifying and modifying specific genes that are associated with intelligence. Another is through gene therapy, which involves replacing defective genes with healthy ones. Additionally, genetic engineering can also be used to manipulate brain development and function.

What are the potential ethical concerns surrounding genetic engineering of intelligence?

Some potential ethical concerns surrounding genetic engineering of intelligence include issues of fairness and equality, as well as the potential for unintended consequences and discrimination. There is also the question of who should have access to this technology and how it could potentially widen the gap between the rich and the poor.

Can genetic engineering of intelligence be used for national security purposes?

Yes, there is potential for genetic engineering of intelligence to be used for national security purposes. This could include enhancing the cognitive abilities of military personnel or developing intelligence-enhanced animals for surveillance purposes. However, there are also ethical considerations and potential risks that must be carefully considered.

What are the potential advantages and disadvantages of using genetic engineering for national security?

The potential advantages of using genetic engineering for national security include the ability to create more intelligent and efficient soldiers or agents, as well as the potential for enhanced intelligence in animals for surveillance purposes. However, there are also potential disadvantages such as ethical concerns, unintended consequences, and the potential for misuse of this technology for discriminatory purposes.

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