very far back into humanitys barbarous origins, because we are always confronted with new human beings. William Godwin, the eighteenth-century futurist and prophet of innovations of the human intellect, offers a sense of why that should. But when its all put together and works, it paints a picture of the futuristic life thats being lived right now, today, in many parts of the world. In my role as an evaluator of new technologies and products, I think about this a lot. In subtle but absolutely critical ways, the biotechnology revolution is likely to impinge on this self-image of humanity, and in doing so to affect the assumptions and intuitions of future generations entering a world reshaped.
The reeducation camps of twentieth-century totalitarianisms were ineffective (not to mention horrendously inhumane) attempts to do just that. This might occur when certain potential innovations stand to meaningfully undermine our ability to pass along to future generations the ideals, the virtues, the knowledge, the traditions, the living spirit of our society that is, when innovation stands to alter something so profound about the. Rather, the point is to recognize that a set of several very basic things centered especially on the rearing and education of the young must be allowed to happen in the future. But one thing we surely must preserve, one thing we will certainly need regardless of what the future holds, is the capacity to rear and to educate future generations. Just five years ago, things were wildly different.