The Synthetic Age

A significant threshold in the history of the planet is being crossed.

We are entering an age in which some of the Earth’s most fundamental process are being co-opted and redesigned by engineers.  Synthetic biologists, climate engineers, and nanotechnologists are reaching so deeply into the natural world that they are altering the very metabolism of the planet we inhabit, creating an entirely new world.

The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World catalogues some of these changes.  It also posts a sober warning about how dangerous it is to sleep through this transition. There is too much at stake. We ought not let engineers, entrepreneurs, and the market make these calls alone.

Coming out in March 2018.