I'm not so worried about the government eavesdropping on the private conversations I hold with my gardens, but I am not at all sanguine about synthetic biology that might be able to hybridise with natural biology.
What would happen to us if suddenly some of the food that we ate regularly was hybridised with synthetic biology that we aren't designed to digest? Would the unusable parts simply be passed, or would we accumulate synthetic garbage over time, like marine animals filling up with plastic?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
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