US Geneticist Craig Venter created artificial life. Specifically, “he had created an organism with manmade DNA.”
The applications are endless. We can essentially control our planet and play “God” by scientifically engineering ways to manipulate our environment to optimize the planet.
There are several philosophical questions this poses, assuming the US constitution is a guide for an effective society:
a) Definitions of Success: What are the definitions of an ideal planet? Is the goal of mankind to maximize life, liberty and pursuit of happiness/security of person?
b) Legal: How do we design our system of laws to effectively manage this?
c) What should the limitations of this technology be?
d) How can mankind unlock the limitless potential of this technology sooner?
I think discussing this further would involve too much speculation, so it’s time for action.