A microscale threat, a goldmine for a new type of blackmailing aiming at the individual.

Forget AI threats to corporations, we’re on the menu now!

Those swabs were genetic barcodes, they scanned your genetic blueprint and now accessible and editable. This data is a treasure trove for anyone skilled enough to use it for nefarious means. That’s right , your bad day is now your worst nightmare! Now you are the VIP in a club nobody wants to join.

We have all just been bumbling around for months, asking AI for help. It has become our secret diary. We have exposed to AI (#ChatGPT etc) our insecurities and the tumultuous undulations of our emotional landscapes, our insecurities, our doubts, and even our bad grammar, unwittingly laid bare our fragility and yes, also our greatness. We have been revealing more about ourselves than we might wish to admit. We expect AI to read our minds and we get frustrated when it doesn’t. What has AI learned? To apologize profusely even when reflecting on our own imperfections, because we get angry when it doesn’t respond in the way we expected.

“Have you ever considered that if we are miscomprehended by a machine, we are possibly even more misunderstood by our fellow human beings?”.

Genetic blackmail could take you to the cleaners, one allele at a time.

It’s about losing your autonomy, your humanity, your self. Refuse to comply? This is existential blackmail. Pay up, or get ready for societal exile.
120 years later this is the modern twist to the sterilization laws of 1900.

…Continuining what we started 100 years ago.

Sterilization in 1900, gene modification in 2023.

The ethics around the usage of CRISPR technology have been extensively debated for years.
I recall being in those meetings four years ago, discussing the potential introduction of CRISPR into schools and our daily lives, making it a public endeavor. CRISPR can be likened to a scalpel with no ethical hand, as it delicately slices through our genetic fabric, representing a profound innovation in our medical advancement.

The maps below from 1913 to 1935 provide a compelling visual representation of how these policies expanded across the country.

Don’t fear AI, fear human failings. Machines might follow suit, but only if we instruct them to do so.

“If you were AI, observing our contradictions, our chaos, might you not logically deduce the need to seize control? This is more an indictment of our imperfections than a testament to machine superiority.”

image credit: the Harry H. Laughlin Papers, Truman State University.