When Richard Nixon declared the “War on Cancer” in 1971, little did we realize that it would require the invention of whole new fields before the prospect of long-term cures could seem within reach.
We all know the story: stone tools led to writing, aqueducts, printing, farm implements, heating, electricity, medicines, computers, satellites, gene therapy and more.
Today, surviving to adulthood and reproducing occurs with greater certainty than ever, thanks to manmade technologies — antibiotics, nutritious and abundant foods, fertility treatments, C-sections.
Normal human relations — those done face to face — require a whole set of rules of engagement that keep our innate selfish instincts in check.
Social norms develop around our interactions, based on the context in which they occur and the culture that we come from.
Cancer therapies are now more targeted, less toxic, and able to prolong life.
In the case of rare inborn genetic mutations, personalized gene therapy is now curing children in the EU and China.
The six-part series, developed by GE and the National Geographic Channel, airs Sundays at 9pm ET on the Nat Geo Channel.
What makes it psychologically easy for a human to remotely pilot a drone and use it to assassinate another human on the other side of the world?
Manmade technologies have changed our lives, generally for the better.
Consider biotechnology, a young discipline that is beginning to transform disease treatments.