Nigel M. de S. Cameron
Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), Washington, DC
Quite the eventful time for me; August found me immersing myself in tomorrow.
First up was our C-PET Roundtable on Synthetic Biology. Biology isn’t what it used to be. As the engi-neering approach to living systems moves beyond theory to practice (as J. Craig Venter has recently reminded us), side by side with extraordinary possibilities for good lie options for the weird – and the scary. Scary, not least, in the Asymmetric Century. In tandem with concerns lest we “play God” lie anxieties at least as great that someone will play the Devil. Smallpox, anyone? Not your grandmother’s WMDs.
Then a quick shuttle over to San Francisco that afternoon...Read More