BGI Shenzhen hopes to increase every generation's intelligence by five to 15 IQ points
Every successful civilization has relied heavily upon its intellectual class to solve seemingly unsolvable problems. The intellectual class provided the solutions to problems in irrigation systems, transportation networks, military weapons, military strategy, logistics, diplomacy, propulsion, energy creation, medical cures, etc. Over time, such problems have increased in difficulty. Compare the difficulty of inventing a rudder for a ship vs a quantum communications satellite. The later is vastly more challenging. The later requires teams of geniuses who have spent years studying something esoteric and often, theoretical.
Continued success into the future requires more intelligence, not less. That is what makes this ambitious Chinese effort to increase IQ by up to one standard deviation per generation so significant. An army of super high IQ Chinese is a super weapon.
Crucially, this is NOT genetic engineering. This is simply picking out the most “successful” offspring. Stated differently, couples can get multiple baby lottery tickets to increase the odds of getting a “winner”.
BGI Shenzhen hopes to increase every generation’s intelligence by five to 15 IQ points
“Any given couple could potentially have several eggs fertilized in the lab with the dad’s sperm and the mom’s eggs. Then you can test multiple embryos and analyze which one’s going to be the smartest. That kid would belong to that couple as if they had it naturally, but it would be the smartest a couple would be able to produce if they had 100 kids. It’s not genetic engineering or adding new genes, it’s the genes that couples already have.”
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