The yellow brick road to d-humans
Many readers of my novel, Requiem of the Human Soul, tell me that the 22nd century scenario it paints of genetically optimized humans controlling our world is disturbing precisely because it seems so realistic. I wasn’t trying to create a dystopia in the novel – a gloomy future scenario of our world – but rather a realistic portrayal of where our global society will end up if we continue on the our current trends.
I see three stages of evolution towards the full blown genetically optimized d-humans in the late 22nd century. In the book, they’re referred to as d1, d2 and d3, as follows:
D1 humans could be with us as soon as 2030, only a couple of decades from now. They’re simply babies that have been screened for genetic diseases, and who have had their genes optimized for good health when a troubling gene is discovered in the very early stages of fetal development.
D2 humans begin to emerge a couple of generations from now. They represent the commercialization of genetic enhancement, when genes are optimized not just for health, but also for intelligence, beauty and physical prowess. In the novel, the first designer babies are produced in offshore havens, where the stricter rules against designer babies that exist in most countries can be circumvented. Then, as they get increasingly popular, domestic rules are relaxed and it becomes the norm for well-to-do middle-class parents to design their babies in advance.
Finally, d3 humans come on the scene around the beginning of the 22nd century. In addition to all the d2 designer-baby enhancements, they’re also neurologically optimized for enhanced character and better personalities. Only, d3 humans come with strings attached. In the early 22nd century, the world is just recovering from the Great Global Wars, the worst devastation in human history, that arose from the ravages of climate change. Everyone agrees “never again,” and this time they can actually do something about. So a UN law is passed that d3 humans must have their gene-sets for aggression and doctrinal beliefs subordinated in the gene expression hierarchy – thus creating a world that, theoretically at least, will never cause the destruction that we unenhanced humans – or Primals – have unceasingly brought upon ourselves.
[Click here to read an article in Harper Atlantic Magazine, dated February 2117, featuring a speech from Juan Jose Gonzalez, the newly appointed Chairman of the United Nations Governing Council, on the new way forward for global peace and prosperity.]
The graphic below shows the three stages of how humans evolve into d-humans. Click it for a larger version, or click here for a pdf version.
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