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DW Establishing Futuristic Rights

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Presentation by David Wood at Terasem Island, Second Life, in the Terasem 10th annual colloquium on the law of futuristic persons, 10th Dec 2015. The presentation seeks to draw lessons from the current example of regulations governing genome editing, with particular mention of arguments raised at http://progress.org.uk/conference2015 in London on 9th Dec 2015.

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DW Establishing Futuristic Rights

  1. 1. Principal, Delta WisdomChair, London Futurists David Wood @dw2
  2. 2. Establishing Futuristic Rights Principal, Delta WisdomChair, London Futurists David Wood @dw2 Lessons from the current example of regulations governing genome editing
  3. 3. @dw2 Page 3 Yesterday, London, First Life
  4. 4. @dw2 Page 4 First Life Audience (yesterday)
  5. 5. @dw2 Page 5 Exponential Technologies  Human enhancement N B I C R G …
  6. 6. @dw2 Page 6 Exponential Technologies  Human enhancement Regulations Incentives Markets Subsidies Expectations Politics N B I C R G … Development & Deployment
  7. 7. @dw2 Page 7 Technologies with adverse social reaction http://www.kabntr.org/plasticsucks/april-showers-bring-may-gmo-laced-flora-fauna-and-food/ http://honestlyhealthyfood.com/2014/03/11/gmos-genetically-modified-organisms-alkaline/
  8. 8. @dw2 Page 8 Technologies with adverse social reaction http://worldink.org/2014/02/15/genetically-modified-everything/ http://www.kabntr.org/plasticsucks/april-showers-bring-may-gmo-laced-flora-fauna-and-food/ http://honestlyhealthyfood.com/2014/03/11/gmos-genetically-modified-organisms-alkaline/
  9. 9. @dw2 Page 9 Technologies with adverse social reaction http://www.buzzle.com/articles/nuclear-energy/
  10. 10. @dw2 Page 10 Technologies with adverse social reaction
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  12. 12. @dw2 Page 12 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/07/drone-near-miss-passenger-plane-heathrow Drone ‘near miss’ with passenger plane close to Heathrow airport investigated Incident risk rating of A – the highest of five categories – defined as a “serious risk of collision”
  13. 13. @dw2 Page 13http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2013/ucm376296.htm “Most of the intended uses for PGS listed on your website, a list that has grown over time, are medical device uses under section 201(h) of the FD&C Act. Most of these uses have not been classified and thus require premarket approval or de novo classification, as FDA has explained to you on numerous occasions.”
  14. 14. @dw2 Page 14 Changing mindsets http://www.heaven-speaks.com/bayside_test_tube_babies.html “It is an abomination in the eyes of God for man in his arrogance and pride to seek to create the living being. What he is creating is a soulless monster, a being of destruction for all that it will meet. I say 'it', for it is not truly a human being but a 'thing'!” – Our Lady, July 25, 1978
  15. 15. @dw2 Page 15 Changing mindsets http://www.heaven-speaks.com/bayside_test_tube_babies.html “It is an abomination in the eyes of God for man in his arrogance and pride to seek to create the living being. What he is creating is a soulless monster, a being of destruction for all that it will meet. I say 'it', for it is not truly a human being but a 'thing'!” – Our Lady, July 25, 1978 Opposition from politicians too And from fellow scientists http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19537-test-tube-baby-pioneer-wins-medicine-nobel.html Request for funding was denied by the UK's Medical Research Council
  16. 16. @dw2 Page 16 Changing mindsets http://www.heaven-speaks.com/bayside_test_tube_babies.html “It is an abomination in the eyes of God for man in his arrogance and pride to seek to create the living being. What he is creating is a soulless monster, a being of destruction for all that it will meet. I say 'it', for it is not truly a human being but a 'thing'!” – Our Lady, July 25, 1978 Opposition from politicians too And from fellow scientists http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19537-test-tube-baby-pioneer-wins-medicine-nobel.html Request for funding was denied by the UK's Medical Research Council
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  21. 21. @dw2 Page 21 Recommendations for a positive public discussion • There is value in bureaucracy (e.g. UK HFEA) • Prepare the ground: Air issues in advance • Don’t confuse science questions & value questions • Be political but not Political • Engage bishops – you may find allies • Rapid rebuttals to new lines of attack • Vocabulary matters – search hard for good wording • Talk about the benefits as well as the risks • Remember to appeal to heart as well as the head • Challenge the “precautionary principle”
  22. 22. @dw2 Page 22 “Scientists Debate How Far To Go In Editing Human Genes” http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/12/03/458212497/scientists-debate-how- far-to-go-in-editing-human-genes “Addressing a panel of scientists from the audience, choking back tears, Sarah Gray described how her son suffered before dying of a genetic disorder six days after he was born. “‘If you have the skills and the knowledge to fix these diseases,’ Gray said, ‘then freaking do it.’” Sarah Gray American Association of Tissue Banks http://aatb.org/index.asp?bid=144
  23. 23. @dw2 Page 23 Diametric opposition, or a continuum? Gut reaction: “yes” Gut reaction: “yuk” Repair (cure) Enhance (futuristic)
  24. 24. @dw2 Page 24 Repair (cure) Enhance (futuristic) Diametric opposition, or a continuum? Proactive avoidance E.g. vaccination Less likely to err Better memory, steadier hands, more self-control, smarter thinking Gut reaction: “yes” Gut reaction: “yuk”
  25. 25. @dw2 Page 25 Repair (cure) Enhance (futuristic) Diametric opposition, or a continuum? Proactive avoidance E.g. vaccination Less likely to err Better memory, steadier hands, more self-control, smarter thinking Recognise that “natural” is often flawed, and that Humanity+ can be attractively better Gut reaction: “yes” Gut reaction: “yuk”
  26. 26. @dw2 Page 26 “Super-people” “Futuristic people” Traits needed, to overcome the “yuk” • Attractive (not weird) • Humanity+ (not anti-human) • Welcoming (not antagonistic) • Inclusive (not divisive) • Extropian (not utopian) • Reversible (not cliff-edge) • Wonderful New World (not Brave NW)

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