May 31, 2018
Genetically modified mosquitoes could help wipe out malaria and other diseases. Hertz Fellow Kevin Esvelt wants make sure that if we deploy them, we do it responsibly. Vox explores how Esvelt and other scientists balance our growing capabilities to reengineer organisms and entire ecosystems with the need to keep people safe, and to prevent backlash against irresponsible work from foiling lifesaving efforts.
“The most important ecosystem to be engineered is the scientific enterprise,” he says. “That’s because the future of our civilization will primarily be determined by the technologies we develop and the wisdom with which we choose to deploy them or refrain.”