Morals in technology development at the Monadnock Lyceum

July 30, 2018
Hertz Staff

Hertz Fellow Kevin Esvelt spoke at Peterborough (New Hampshire) Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, discussing the moral questions raised by gene editing and gene drives, and the need for specialists to engage communities on topics that will have profound effects on their future.

Science, as it stands today, Esvelt said, is usually developed by small groups of specialists, and it’s not encouraged for scientists to share their work, meaning that not only are potential collaborations and knowledge-sharing lost, but also that sometimes the moral questions are left for only the developers of the technology to answer.

“Are we wise enough, on our own, to answer those questions? The answer is no,” Esvelt said.

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