Generation 2030
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Trend J (New Genetic Frankenstein)

New Genetic Frankenstein

Technology is now being used to genetically augment humans, to select genetic characteristics in embryos and to reduce the prevalence of genetic illnesses and conditions. Advancements in synthetic biology are also enabling experiments in new treatments for diseases, such as cancer using human-made enzymes, and even bringing back animals from extinction.

Possible implications:

  • This may lead to some very unusual creatures on display at the zoo, such as small dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, or dodo birds.

  • Genetic interventions could be used to prevent and treat genetic conditions children currently face.

  • There will be debates about the ethical implications of eliminating certain conditions that people currently live with as disabilities, which often form an important part of their identity.

  • Some characteristics of children could be determined and selected before birth.

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How new is this trend?

This is just developing, but change happens fast. If you pay attention to the media, you may see stories about this now.

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What's driving these trends?

Drivers are forces that create change. These can be things like shifting populations and demographics of an area, or cultural movements and stories that we rely on to shape how we believe. Drivers are often the “causes” behind the trends and signals we observe through our scan.

 

Integration of technology

Technology, particularly computing devices and capabilities, are becoming more pervasive and embedded in all aspects of our lives and society. This rapid acceptance of technology is forcing many industries, communities and individuals to change in a variety of ways.

 

Mechanistic to Holistic Thinking

Since the Industrial Revolution, Western society has embraced a mechanistic view of organizations and communities, breaking systems down and defining a system by its specific parts. A shift is occurring towards holistic thinking, which addresses the complexity, ambiguity and connections between elements within a system. This shift is changing the ways we understand and approach the world around us.