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Excellent review. The Biosingularity is programmed! 💯

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And this is largely a guide to the alignment problem.

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If we allow for selecting "positive" or "normative" traits, will we not also have to allow for "non-normative" traits, such as disease, deformaties, immorality, etc? Aren't we going to have to be equitable and allow for queering of genetically "enhanced" babies?

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I don't think that it is ethical to increase the probability of disease, deformity, and immorality in children. I think that in the future providers or regulation may prohibit those sorts of choices. The extent to which coercion can be used to prevent that depends on your ethical point of view.

The question is challenging, but it is not particularly unique to enhancement because society has lots of perspectives and even legal restrictions on what sort of (environmental) actions a parent can make.

Most parents would decrease disease, deformity, and immorality in their children, so we are talking about a very strange subset of the population that would deliberately reduce their child's welfare. I don't think we should let that sway us toward prohibition.

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One of the early defenses of the transgender movement was that it was just a tiny subset of people, but the numbers quickly metastasized. There's a scary number of people interested in having their bodies destroyed and doctors willing to facilitate. Especially if the power of the state gets involved providing financial incentives (mandating insurance coverage and taxpayer subsidies), we have to think of worst case scenarios. Lots of demented people would probably find it fulfilling and/or transgressive to create a disabled or otherwise non-normative offspring.

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Okay, then ban making your child deliberately disabled. No need to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

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Democrats are already trying to remove all safeguarding from Assisted Reproductive Technologies via their Right to Build Families Act.

"Every American seeking to exercise their fundamental right to family building should have unhindered access to assisted reproductive technologies..."

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

The “Right to Build Families Act of 2022” will:

Prohibit states from limiting any individual’s right to access ART;

Prohibit states from regulating reproductive genetic materials, including gametes;

Protect healthcare providers who provide ART or related counseling;

Allow the Department of Justice to pursue civil action against states that violate the legislation; and

Allow the U.S. Attorney General, individuals, and healthcare providers to pursue civil action regarding violation of the legislation.

I think we're already at a pivotal moment here on this issue and the extent of our medical ethics is: If we can do something and some people want to do that thing, then it's not only good, but a right.

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On the one hand, this scenario is very challenging to me. I can see there being riots in the streets if there were to soon be millions of people walking around who had thousands of very similar, very optimal (for the mid C21st) alleles. On the other hand, evolution is cruel and I don’t see why billions of people have to suffer because their genes aren’t well suited to life today. I may have to buy the book.

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