av Fredrik Stjernberg
Ny bok av Fred Guterl, The Fate of the Species, som går igenom en massa möjliga hot mot vår existens på jorden. Syntetisk biologi har tydligen klättrat på listan över potentiella hot, medan nanotekniken har tappat några placeringar:
And while the book buzzes with the very latest in potentially lethal threats – synthetic biology that may spawn a devastating virus, sophisticated malware that could take down our power grids – it is revealing that some familiar hazards from yesteryear are relegated to mere footnotes. Nanotechnology, we read, has lost its sinister sheen for an almost disappointingly mundane reason: research has yet to invent a way to deliver enough power to allow tiny machines to achieve their malevolent missions.Maybe the threats outlined in The Fate of the Species will also lose their killer edge with time. Or maybe not.