|Battlestar Galactica: Watch out for Six|
- especially if she has a synthetic
I'm not sure if the Cylon humans were originally cloned from real humans but I'm pretty sure they were totally synthetic lifeforms rather than machines with a human exterior.
Why I'm mentioning this is that currently scientists from several different countries are working on creating the world's first synthetic life form - namely yeast.
Yeast is made up of 16 chromosomes with Australia working on chromosome 14. There are teams in various other countries including the US, China, the UK, Singapore and India working on the other 15. Chromosome 3 has already been completed by the US.
Naturally, when it comes to yeast Australians think about Beer or Vegemite but more serious applications could be in the creation of antibiotics to kill drug resistant bacteria or even manufacturing synthetic human blood.
Personally I can't see synthetic yeast being used in food. It'll go the road of genetically modified food. People like to know that their beer is raised naturally, in free range paddocks, where it can run free and enjoy life before being bottled and put into the fridge ready for a hot day lumberjacking or Sports viewing.
What will actually happen is the robots will harness this yeast technology and figure out how to make perfect synthetic humans with it. Yeast has the same cell structure as a human or plant (apparently) however humans have 46 Chromosomes. You just know some smart ass Artificial Intelligence is going to fast track developing the remaining 30. It'll be developing synthetic humans in no time - and maybe nice floral arrangements too if it decides to explore the synthetic plant side of things.
Don't believe me. Well how about this quote from Professor Pretorius at the Australian launch of the project:
|Evolution of the Cylon. It may be too late as it all begins with toasters!|