Our Immaculate - Synthetic - Conception

Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante. Inmaculada Concepción[image: Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante. Inmaculada Concepción]

I had to share this because it is so fascinating and strange and I'm using the ideas in my paintings.

I discovered the concept of the digital offspring of researchers at Michigan State University who "live" in a computer and replicate using strings of computer code instead of DNA. Imagine? This has really triggered an interesting thread which I think of in terms of an 'immaculate conception'. The New Scientist article, which sprung this in August, started me on a new narrative. They even have a name for  these offspring, the Avidians. And while you're wondering about the whole Skynet/science-fiction orientation, it's worth remembering that the Defence Advanced ResearchProject Agency (DARPA) regularly attend and monitor science fiction conferences and new narratives to inspire their 'work'. The article explains,

The other big discovery has been the creation of a workable synthetic biology. On May 20th, J. Craig Venter and his team at J.C Venter Institute made the announcement, and it has huge implications for every part of life. Please watch these 2 videos.

It also links into the discoveries at Michigan State University because these two findings open the door to humans creating new forms of life. The invention (patented) has required that he even brief the White House. This is a short article that explains the concept, and anyone familiar with nanotechnoligy will understand that these are nano-tech narratives that spill into one another.

And I can't help thinking, as I'm reading Karen Armstrong's A History of God, what is the next incarnation of our personal deity? I'm starting some new skeches exploring this now. Of course, this is also more worrying in the light that in next years budget, Darpa is investing $6 million into a project called BioDesign, which seeks to uses these technologies to create life that can be turned "on" and "off" at the drop of a switch. And this are the lighter options in their research.  Read the Wired article here.

Pentagon Looks to Breed Immortal ‘Synthetic Organisms,’ Molecular Kill-Switch Included




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