What will change everything?

The annual edge.org question is out. This year, 150 luminaries answer ‘What will change everything?‘.

I haven’t read them all. Of those that catch my eye, most are scientific, some are political, some are very short and some are just weird.

Richard Dawkins says the world would be changed by anything that blurs the boundaries between humans and chimps. Like, the discovery of a missing ancestor, or a lab-based chimera. Because the issue of human rights would have to be re-thought from scratch. The Guardian has helpfully published this as ‘Richard Dawkins: how would you feel about a half-human half-chimp hybrid?’. Which I’m sure does wonders for the public image of scientists.