“We are as gods,” says Stewart Brand, “and we might as well get good at it.”
Playing God is a BBC documentary in the Horizon series, hosted by Adam Rutherford. The documentary discusses synthetic biology, the potential of science “breaking down nature into spare parts” and then rebuilding it back up as we wish.
“Playing God is actually the highest expression of human nature. The urges to improve ourselves, to master our environment, and to set our children on the best path possible have been the fundamental driving forces of all of human history. Without these urges to ‘play God’, the world as we know it wouldn’t exist today.”
― Ramez Naam, More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement