In 2018, engineered humans jumped out of the pages of Brave New World and into a lab in Shenzhen China, as the first genetically modified humans took the stage of the world.

The idea of engineered humans has now fully entered our mainstream consciousness. From the Beth-clone in Rick and Morty, to Caleb’s AR re-education in HBO’s Westworld, we are seeing glimpses of the vision portrayed in cyberneticist Norbert Wiener’s The Human Use of Human Beings. In his book, the inventor of the self-guided missile foretold of a time when the reductionist reach of science and engineering, ever the obedient…

Ian Geckeler

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