If we don’t become the masters of our future, we’ll be doomed to the salt mines of 2060

13 October 2019 - 00:00 By TRISTEN TAYLOR

Conscious machines are coming. Go, an ancient Chinese board game, was the last of the games to fall when the computer program AlphaGo mopped the floor with the world’s top player, Lee Sedol. The complexity of Go makes chess look like draughts.

Last year, at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, He Jiankui went rogue and illegally conducted germline gene therapy on human embryos that resulted in twin girls. Those girls will pass on the genetic alterations (resistance to HIV) to their children...

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