Asma Creates | Probing Emergences
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Emerging technologies, like artificial life forms,
have created a lot of controversies, because of the ethical discourse surrounding biotechnology.
What Emergences?
There are many technologies that are being talked about in the news and in science journals.
Some have advanced towards becoming more real than others. Some show indications of directly affecting humans more. A common thread in all of them is that each has positive and negative implications; people that are for and those that are against their development.

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What implications?
It’s difficult to know or understand the implications without doing research. By considering the ethical implications morals involved, we plan to find a stance and present the issues in an accessible way to the general public. Quite a number of artists have either independently, or in collaboration with scientists created design projects to accomplish their goals. Some aim to change—positively and negatively—people’s opinions, others want people to simply question more, instead of just accepting what is happening. Some, like us, want to democratise the technological advancements and encourage the general public to not shy away from taking part in some of the discourse.

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How can I know the future?
It’s impossible to know what will happen in the future. What we do know are the past and present. A way to come close to predicting the future is by thinking about previous and existing occurrences. What effect did similar technological advancements (that were new in their time) have in the past? The answer could be the use of plastic surgery for commercial and frivolous purposes. However, the answer could also be as simple as harmless—beneficial on the contrary—insulin injections for diabetics. Another way to develop foresight is by looking at our everyday lives.
How will these technologies realistically incorporate into our daily lives?
Will they be plastic surgeons or will they be insulin injections?
I’m insignificant.
No, we are not insignificant. The general public has the power to invest in or against research.
If not at that stage, once technologies have developed and been released, the public also has the power of choice. They can choose to consume or boycott technologies and products.
Another reason people should take part in the discussions (and think critically about the possibilities that may arise from the new technologies) is because of how connected our lives are—or will be—to them. Biotechnologies may provide benefits like cures, but could also cause harm; by the creation of new viruses, for example. These emergences will directly affect us and have the potential to shift what it means to be human.