In today’s world, it seems that moral constraints on scientific experiments have been discarded. Scientists across the world have unleashed their creativity with grotesque experiments on human cells, and it is truly sickening. Take, for example, a team of scientists in Australia who recently received a significant grant of $600,000 from the country’s Office of National Intelligence. Their goal is to merge human brain cells with artificial intelligence, and many believe this is a dangerous and morally wrong path to pursue. This team has already created a “DishBrain,” a semi-biological computer chip with real brain cells that were able to play the video game Pong. The implications of this research are disturbing. Should the DishBrain be considered a living creature with rights? Or do our scientists have the freedom to do whatever they please with it?
These scientists argue that their research has numerous applications once it is fully developed, including advancements in machine learning technology for self-driving cars, autonomous drones, and delivery robots. However, we must question the consequences of merging biology with artificial intelligence. If the biology component rebels against us, what would be the outcome? Before proceeding down this road, we must carefully consider the potential dangers.
Meanwhile, another group of scientists in California are working on creating artificial human eggs in a lab setting. While they claim this research will revolutionize the fertility market by providing a solution for people struggling with infertility or same-sex and transgender couples to have biological children, this research raises significant ethical concerns. Should we allow science to manipulate human life in such a manner?
Interestingly, this research on fertility comes at a time when many developed nations, such as Japan and countries in Europe, are experiencing a decline in population. Japan, for instance, recorded a population drop in every one of its 47 prefectures in 2022. Similarly, the European Union has seen its population fall for two consecutive years. This population decline highlights the urgent need for addressing demographic challenges.
One contributing factor to the decreasing population is the significant decline in global sperm counts. Sperm counts have more than halved since the 1970s and continue to decrease at an accelerating rate. This alarming trend, if left unaddressed, could lead to humanity’s extinction. The thought of a future where most men cannot father children should deeply concern us all.
However, instead of focusing on such existential crises, we continue to pollute our planet. The production of plastic continues to rise exponentially, leading to the pervasive problem of microplastics. In the Arctic, even this pristine environment has succumbed to the growing presence of microplastic pollution. A recent study found that 210,000 metric tons of microplastics have accumulated in the western part of the Arctic Ocean since the 1930s. This highlights the urgent need to address plastic waste and the detrimental impact it has on our environment.
In the face of these challenges, it is disheartening to see that many people remain heedless of the long-term consequences of their actions. We seem to prioritize short-term enjoyment without considering the future of our planet and the human race. However, tomorrow is inevitable, and the choices we make today will determine the fate of future generations. It is crucial that we reassess our priorities and face these existential crises head-on before it is too late.