Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mad science!

Sacha writes in her wiki:
Andrew Hessel, Tara Hunt, Chris Messina and I were chatting about biotechnology and open source. Andrew mentioned DNA vaccines, which can stimulate the production of antibodies - so some cells do pick up new genetic material and do something with them, and scientists haven't quite figured out how that works yet. He went on to say that if biotech really took off, we probably wouldn't see the creation of a homogenous master race, but rather an explosion of biodiversity. Imagine all the people who want to have horns or blue skin or whatever else...

Oh, the horror!

No, no, it's not so much that I don't trust biotechnology. With time, these techniques will become safe and in widespread use.

But until they isolate the gene that provides good taste, this is one technology that must never fall into the wrong hands!

Besides, horns and blue skin? Bah! The first application will be a spammer's dream come true, if you know what I mean.

Fortunately, Sacha has much better sense than that:
Along the lines of self-modification: I probably wouldn't hack anything externally, but a better memory would be really cool.

So to her, I dedicate this next song:

Don't go tryin' some new fashion
Don't change the color of your hair, mm-mm
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I said I love you, and that's forever
And this I promise from the heart, mm-mm
I couldn't love you any better
I love you just the way you are