…rly precautionary regulation, an ecosystem of parental control technologies has flourished to help. Allowing permissionless innovation in this area results in better tools and a more diverse set of options from which parents can choose.
…hat rare comic writer who was willing to be really silly. Silliness is an underrated part of humor. Most people, in the end, would rather be cool than silly, and snide and condescending than just be out there, being genuinely silly. Robert Benchley was silly. He would take extreme left turns in the middle of an essay about one thing, and it’d suddenly be an essay about something completely different, he didn’t care. As long as he thought it was funny, he went for it. And that was the thing that, when I was a kid, just drew me to him.
I don’t know that it’s worse, and in some ways, it may be easier. If you are a kid who wants to get known as a comedian, you don’t really have to, anymore, go the incredibly difficult route that most of the stand-up comedians I know went, which is starting out at Catch a Rising Star or someplace much worse than that, and doing all those stand-ups in front of three drunks, and slowly getting noticed, and finally getting hired by somebody. You can just go on the Internet, make a funny video, and sometimes that will produce fantastic results for you.
… and some difficult policy calls will likely need to be made soon about the truly concerning cases. But the promise of genetic editing and the public health improvements that could accompany it will prove so profound that the costs of unnecessarily burdening it would constitute a serious mistake.