Putin Reveals What Future Technology Will Be ‘More Terrible Than a Nuclear Bomb’
Speaking to participants of the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed the future technology he believes can prove to be more terrible than nuclear weapons.
According to the president, genetic programming of human beings according to specific characteristics may prove a mortal danger for humanity. In his view, while genetic engineering provides immense opportunities, including in the field of pharmacology, it also carries with it tremendous risks.
“You see, humanity can enter, and most likely, in the near future, into a very difficult period of its development and existence, a period demanding great responsibility. And what I have just described may be worse than a nuclear bomb”, the president stressed.
Putin emphasized that new technologies should be used effectively and implemented broadly. But humanity must never forget its morality and ethics, because their absence can lead to the destruction of mankind.
“Whenever we do something, and whatever it is that we do, we should never forget about the ethical and moral foundations of our work. Everything we do must benefit a cause – to strengthen the human being, not to destroy him”, the president said.
The moral and ethical component is an “important circumstance” for any type of activity in modern society, Putin told the young scientists at the festival.
Putin used genetic engineering as an example to illustrate his words, saying that this discipline can bring both positive and negative results.
“It’s great” that it can provide the possibility to change the genetic code of people suffering from serious diseases, he said. “But there’s another component to this process. Humanity also receives an opportunity to meddle with the genetic code, which was created either by nature or, as people with religious views say, God”, the president added.
The possibility of “creating a human with predesigned characteristics” is already around the corner, he said.
The head of state expressed hope that the young scientists who were presenting their projects in Sochi would take his words to heart in their future work.
The 19th World Festival of Youth and Students took place in Sochi in October 2017, gathering young people from all around the world. Over 25,000 people from over 180 countries are in attendance. President Putin said that the 2017 meeting was the most representative such event in history. The festival, organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) along with the International Union of Students since 1947, was being held in Russia for the third time after taking place in Moscow in 1957 and 1985.
June 25, 2018