Will.i.am Voices Concern As “Even Moses Did Not Talk About 3D Printing Humans”
Will.i.am – musician, Intel employee, hologram for the future and Creative Chief Officer of a 3D printing company – is calling for “new morals, new laws and new codes” regarding 3D printing. He believes that the technology is evolving so rapidly, that we will soon be printing humans.
“I’m going to say something controversial,” said Will.i.am in an interview to Dezeen. “Eventually 3D-printing will print people. That’s scary. I’m not saying I agree with it, I’m just saying what’s fact based on plausible growth in technology and Moore’s law.”
Considering the ethical and drastic effects artificially building humans would impart on the society and the world as a whole, Will.i.am wants to call off even hypothetical talks about 3D printing humans as it would actually happen during “our lifetime” if it turns to reality.
“Unfortunately that is the reality, but at the same time it pushes humanity to have to adhere to new responsibilities,” he said. “So new morals, new laws and new codes are going to have to be implemented. Humans – as great as we are – are pretty irresponsible. Ask the planet. Ask the environment.”
Researchers around the world have already been able to 3D print organs, like liver, arteries and kidneys. So it will not be long when proper humans tissues are replicated, and you find a 3D printed clone of you walking around in your grandmas clothes in Walmart.
“If you can print a liver or a kidney, god dang it, you’re going to be able to print a whole freaking person,” said Will.i.am. “Now we’re getting into a whole new territory. Moses comes down with the 10 commandments and says ‘Thou shalt not…’. He didn’t say shit about 3D printing.”
Of course, Mr. Will.i.am, Moses did not mention anything about 3D printing. But you obviously do make a point. Printing ice creams and engines was fine, and even cost effective, but humans is an entirely different dimension. Religious sentiment, ethical concerns and scientific reasoning are all on stake if such a step is to be taken in the future. Before we start to blur the line between nature and technology, we really need to be given a reality check.
When you have god-like tools, who’s governing me? I don’t know. I could create life. So new codes and morals – beyond laws – something has to be instilled into us.
Will.i.am also believes that 3D printing could also evolve into Star Trek-esque teleportation.
“You’re starting with beef, and leathers, and body parts, eventually it will get more complex,” he said. “It’s basically ‘Beam me up, Scotty’, a 3D printer that disintegrates the source. Star Trek is pretty cool, because they had things like iPhones, and the internet. They also had 3D printers, that was beam-me-up Scotty. Teleportation.”
So who’s up for teleportation Star Trek style?