A recent cover of National Geographic Magazine featured a story about how we soon may be able to resurrect long extinct species. This could mean Jurassic Park revisited. There’s probably not enough dinosaur DNA around to bring back the dinosaurs like they did in the movie, but maybe a woolly mammoth or a saber tooth tiger or two. More importantly, they might be able to bring back more recent extinct creatures as well. I don’t know about you, but I really miss the dodo bird.
I’m a big science buff, but it’s a little bit disconcerting to realize that a lot of the stuff we considered science fiction in the past may be reality in fewer years than we might think. We cloned Dolly the sheep a few-years-ago, and we can now grow human ears on the backs of mice.
I can’t wait until we start mixing human DNA with that of animals. Then cat and dog lovers who substitute their pets for children can have the real thing: A cat or dog and human hybrid. Change the configuration of the vocal cords and they probably could talk to you. I want that talking pig in the Geico commercials.
A recent Nova program on the brain showed a wand that could be used to beam magnetic waves into certain areas of your brain that cause you to twitch or affect your emotions all without even touching you. They soon will be able to scan your brain and tell whether you are lying or in pain. Can reading your thoughts and “thought crime” be that far behind? Source: Nova Science Now , PBS, The Brain
There may be a time when illicit drugs and even sex are passe’. Can Woody Allen’s “Orgasmitron” be that far away? Pretty soon we’ll all be like that mouse with the electrode stuck in the pleasure center of its brain. It presses a lever constantly to get that orgasmic jolt of electricity and starves to death because it forgets to eat. New Guinness Book of World Records entry: “Dr. Phil Thompson has just set the world’s record for a continuous orgasm that lasted two weeks, three days, and seven minutes. The last thing he said was: “Wow!” before collapsing into a coma. (I made all this up) Source: Walt Crocker, Yahoo voices
There will be no more death in the future. Instead, your brain will be sliced into a billion pieces and digitalized and then programmed into a computer. You won’t be a “head in a box” though. Instead you’ll be able to choose your own virtual reality to live over and over again. Just hope the computer doesn’t come down with a virus. (A friend told me about this and I embellished it)
We’ll be able to grow our own replacement organs out of our DNA as well as our lunch. Just sprinkle a few pork, lamb, or cow stem cells into a replicator and they will grow the meat of that animal. Don’t believe me? We already have printers that can form objects. (No specific source, stem cell research, embellished by me.)
You will also be able to take a few of your dead mother’s cells and grow a new mom. She’ll be born an exact genetic copy of her old self. Of course, she’ll also be a new born baby, but then you can raise her just like she raised you. Revenge can be sweet. (Made this up, Humor
The futurists of the 1950’s got it all wrong. They envisioned us all wearing spacesuits and eating pills instead of food, flying around in space cars, and losing our limbs because of inactivity. They did get the part about big brother watching us right though. Orwell Lives!