Genetic Engineering of Intelligence & National Security

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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.
 

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