[ExI] the transparent society

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 28 02:17:49 UTC 2013

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:47 PM, Rafal Smigrodzki
<rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:
> Not being able to deny carnal contact, and faced with incontrovertible
> genetic data, the rich man ends up blaming the polymer manufacturer,
> and the female laughs all the way to the bank.
> Yeah, if you think men have it rough today, just wait for the world of
> tomorrow :)

Or maybe those in power pass some laws that make genetic information
an irrelevant part of ownership and responsibility.  Remember the "put
a ring on it" requirement that made the scheming women of yesteryear
'hold out' until the contractual obligations were official?  We're
already seeing contracts for celebrity dating; reveal the details and
pay a penalty, etc.

Those legal contracts will be digitally signed more quickly than even
spit-tests can be processed.  They'll be easier to enforce too.

You might as well get your whole genome sequenced now then publish the
whole thing under an open source license.  From that point onward you
could claim someone used your public-domain genetic pattern to 3D
print gametes on demand.  If human genes can't be patented and held
for profit, they also shouldn't be custom-crafted for extortion.  I
feel sorry for the pioneers who will have to set the legal precedent
in these matters.

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