What if technology on Earth will become so advanced that we could create living creatures?

There are some eth­i­cal bound­aries to be dealt with – since to cre­ate new liv­ing crea­tures with new ‘life’ might mean doing it with­out any con­sent on the part of the cre­at­ed, espe­cial­ly if they do not have all their senses.

What if, in the future, human­i­ty comes up with new, far more advanced tech­nol­o­gy enabling us to cre­ate liv­ing crea­tures. Ones that could com­plete­ly chang­ing the Earth­’s nat­ur­al as well as bio­log­i­cal land­scape? What if these tech­nolo­gies could be used for good, or maybe for bad!

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If this new life form was cre­at­ed by machines, that would be a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent story.

First, let’s look at some of the many ways that life could have start­ed on our planet.

In a natural way 

The con­di­tions that allow for life to exist are pret­ty restric­tive. For exam­ple, a plan­et must be above a cer­tain tem­per­a­ture and has to have an atmos­phere with enough oxy­gen. It also needs to have liq­uid water. There is no guar­an­tee that all these things will always be avail­able as con­di­tions change over time.

How­ev­er, if we look at our uni­verse, there are plen­ty of places where life might have start­ed with­out these con­di­tions. Some­thing beyond our imag­i­na­tions might be nat­ur­al for those beings.

Created by some other advanced beings 

If intel­li­gent beings evolved else­where in the uni­verse before us, they could have left small traces of their exis­tence all around us. This can be done, for exam­ple, by leav­ing behind some sort of auto­mat­ed fac­to­ry, or a mal­ware that goes on to cre­ate life even after they are gone.

This may sound like a far-fetched idea, but it is not com­plete­ly unbelievable.

Will it ever become possible for our technology to create living creatures?

Creating living beings

Cre­ation of life? This might sound like an idea from a sci­ence fic­tion movie, but it is not some­thing that is impos­si­ble. If we look at our advanced world and how things change with time, it seems that this could very well be a pos­si­bil­i­ty. For exam­ple, in 2019, Sci­en­tists cre­at­ed a real liv­ing organ­ism whose DNA was entire­ly human-made. 

Now, there are two argu­ments to this ques­tion:
1) We can’t cre­ate life because we’re not God.
2) We can, but it’s ille­gal or unethical.

The first argu­ment is strong and that we can’t cre­ate life with any technology. 

How­ev­er, if you believe the sec­ond argu­ment is stronger, then you may have a more rea­son­able view on the topic.

But how?

Well, here are some points in favor:

The devel­op­ment of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence has been pro­gress­ing by leaps and bounds — and this could eas­i­ly be applied in future to cre­ate some sort of crea­ture.  This is exact­ly what the movie “Avatar” was all about, and this tech­nol­o­gy might become more advanced in rel­e­vant years. This would give us beings that were even smarter than we could ever dream of being.

We might be able to use things such as stem cells to devel­op life forms that can work like our own with­out the lim­i­ta­tions of liv­ing inside a human body.

We might be able to get inspi­ra­tion from our own bio­log­i­cal evo­lu­tion. Just as the first life forms came about bil­lions of years ago, we might be able to use the same or sim­i­lar means to devel­op new and bet­ter species.

Self-repli­cat­ing machines may be able to cre­ate new pieces of machines that will fur­ther improve these meth­ods. If this sort of self-repli­cat­ing machine were to be built, we could have an entire civ­i­liza­tion that was not reliant on any­thing oth­er than the tech­nol­o­gy itself. This would allow for a mas­sive pop­u­la­tion explo­sion that we might not ever have seen before.

We have the means to cre­ate life. We nev­er know, all that is need­ed might be just a mate­r­i­al such as DNA which can be found all around us.

All these things are not com­plete­ly impos­si­ble — and they might hap­pen one day.

These are just some exam­ples and ideas about how we might progress in cre­at­ing life and using it for our own purposes.

But still, it is not all clear!

It is not cer­tain that we would be able to make some­thing that is able to sus­tain itself and devel­op on its own. This might require a lot of tri­al and error, with a great chance of failure.

If we were able to cre­ate liv­ing crea­tures that were intel­li­gent and self-aware, there is the chance that they could become much smarter than us and evolve into some­thing else.

There are still some eth­i­cal bound­aries to be dealt with — since to cre­ate new liv­ing crea­tures with new ‘life’ might mean doing it with­out any con­sent on the part of the cre­at­ed, espe­cial­ly if they do not have all their sens­es. With­out prop­er guid­ance, they could become con­fused and lost.

It is not clear to what extent we could con­trol this new life. If we do man­age to cre­ate them, then there is a chance that the cre­at­ed will be able to devel­op on their own and become some­thing else ‑some­thing that was nev­er con­ceived by the creator.

The major consequences of creation of new life

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New life means a new living creature with senses

If we were able to cre­ate a liv­ing crea­ture, it might be sim­i­lar to humans in many ways, or it might have some improve­ments over us. The major dif­fer­ence would be that they could be able to sense the world in ways that we are not able to. They could even sur­vive in places on Earth that we can­not. If they were cre­at­ed with­out the lim­i­ta­tions of our bod­ies, their life span might also be longer and more ver­sa­tile. On top of all this, these crea­tures could poten­tial­ly have some sort of self-aware­ness and the abil­i­ty to think for them­selves — which means that we would have cre­at­ed some­thing very close to what is called arti­fi­cial intelligence.

An intelligent life form

If we were able to cre­ate a liv­ing crea­ture, it might be that our future will be con­trolled by them. This could poten­tial­ly lead to some sort of utopi­an soci­ety where human­i­ty is no longer in con­trol. If we can con­trol a crea­ture’s brain and its exis­tence, there is a pos­si­bil­i­ty that one day our will could become their own. If you want to know more about this pos­si­bil­i­ty, you can watch the video below:

Uplifted into a higher existence?

If we were able to cre­ate liv­ing crea­tures that were intel­li­gent and self-aware, there is the chance that they could become much smarter than us and evolve into some­thing else. It would be this life form that would be in con­trol, and we might not be able to stop it. It is not clear how this will hap­pen, but it could pos­si­bly be a very scary future for us.

More­over, it is a pos­si­bil­i­ty that if we were to cre­ate a new form of life, it could be some­thing that would tran­scend our imag­i­na­tion — bring­ing us tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments and new sci­en­tif­ic dis­cov­er­ies as well. This was also a major goal for human­i­ty since it appeared on Earth with hopes of con­quer­ing the world and becom­ing some­thing greater than before.

In fact, the pos­si­bil­i­ties of what can hap­pen if we can cre­ate a new life form are huge — and some of them are def­i­nite­ly very promis­ing. There is no doubt that it will be a big step for­ward in the devel­op­ment of our tech­nol­o­gy, and it could help us become bet­ter than ever before. But why would we even con­sid­er doing such an activ­i­ty? Is there real­ly some­thing that could come out of this? 

Read: What if we entered an era of algorithms?

We have to remem­ber that there is a big risk involved. The word “risk” may not be used very often in these cas­es, but nev­er­the­less, it is essen­tial to remem­ber that there could be some nasty con­se­quences if we make the wrong decision.

How likely is it that this will happen?

One of artificial living creatures

The answer to this ques­tion is not very clear. How­ev­er, there are some things that could help us under­stand if it would work out or not. For exam­ple, we can see how far our tech­nol­o­gy has pro­gressed already and also con­sid­er the fact that we still have some time before we run out of resources. 

We can also take into con­sid­er­a­tion the fact that we have just start­ed cre­at­ing a new form of life on Earth in species oth­er than our own — which is some­thing that was nev­er even imag­ined before. 

Also, we need to remem­ber, and con­sid­er all the tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments in the future and how they might change our lives. On top of all this, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are still not com­plete­ly clear. The impor­tant thing is that we should not real­ly wor­ry about the risks. We should only con­sid­er how much ben­e­fit we could get from this development.

Hope­ful­ly, we will be able to come up with an answer to this ques­tion in the near future. Tech­nol­o­gy has already made a lot of progress, and there is a chance that we might see these devel­op­ments in our lifetime.

Relat­ed Story:

It is not clear what our future holds – but we should always keep an open mind and con­sid­er all pos­si­ble options. The more research we do, the bet­ter it would be for us. We are already so far, and the only way to keep going would be with sci­ence and devel­op­ing our tech­nol­o­gy fur­ther. There are still many things that need to be dis­cov­ered and under­stood, but that is why we have to keep doing it because there might be strong rea­sons for why we should con­tin­ue it as well.

If we create a new life, will it be against the law of nature?

Well, our plan­et did not have life on it before we came along, and yet we man­aged to devel­op it. So there is no rea­son why we won’t be able to do some­thing sim­i­lar in the future. This does not mean that a life form can­not exist on its own — for exam­ple, as a nat­ur­al devel­op­ment of an already exist­ing species that came before us.

But if this new life form was cre­at­ed by machines, that would be a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent sto­ry. In such, case it would be arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence that would cre­ate life instead of nature — which would be a rev­o­lu­tion­ary and scary development.

If these life forms were cre­at­ed in a way that they do not affect the ecosys­tem in any way, it might not be seen as such a problem.

Rec­om­mend­ed: Rela­tion of the human brain with the space-time

Conclusion

It’s not that progress is not being made. Sci­en­tists have even cre­at­ed AI capa­ble to repro­duce. They call them xenobots.

It would be a tru­ly amaz­ing thing if our tech­nol­o­gy will ever reach this lev­el to cre­ate liv­ing crea­tures — one way or another.

I hope you liked this post, and if you want more sim­i­lar arti­cles in the future, please com­ment below and let me know!

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