Ars Electronica 99
Although some highly problematic issues raised by the Digital Revolution have not even been formulated yet, inquiry into progress and the future is already being dominated by a new development. Modern genetic engineering and biotechnology - subsumed by the term life science - have taken center stage. Molecular biologists and genetic engineers equipped with the tools of information technology made available by the Computer Age have opened up doors whose thresholds have, in many instances, marked the limits and taboos of our culture. The possibility of forming human life beyond the morphological level of the body and designing an individual's predispositions and talents makes it incumbent upon us to assume new perspectives on mankind's social and metaphysical constitution.