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With genetic engineering, we will be able to increase the complexity of our DNA, and improve the human race. But it will be a slow process, because one will have to wait about 18 years to see the effect of changes to the genetic code. By contrast, computers double their speed and memories every 18 months. There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence, and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain, so that computers can add to human intelligence, rather than be in opposition.

- Stephen Hawking


Perhaps I get spooked a bit too easily nowadays, but when I read phrases like "improve the human race", I get a scorching case of the shivers. I mean, with all due respect to Hawking ~ I'm sure he means well ~ but I have to wonder how many Hitlers in the world have used such an otherwise noble-sounding phrase to commit unspeakable acts of atrocity, all in the name of a newly-improved race?

And if I were to have a computer directly linked to my brain, I sure hope it isn't Windows 98! It'd be one freeze-up after another! ~8?P

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