Note — Jun 02, 2019

It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still Winning

The New York Times, of all places, have started publishing Op-Eds from the future, “in which science fiction authors, futurists, philosophers and scientists write op-eds that they imagine we might read 10, 20 or even 100 years in the future.” First up, Ted Chiang with some 🔥 and the Gene Equality Project, a “philanthropic effort to bring genetic cognitive enhancements to low-income communities.”

Amid fears that we were witnessing the creation of a caste system based on genetic differences, the Gene Equality Project was begun 25 years ago, enabling 500 pairs of low-income parents to increase the intelligence of their children. […]

But these explanations are unnecessary when one realizes the fundamental mistake underlying the Gene Equality Project: Cognitive enhancements are useful only when you live in a society that rewards ability, and the United States isn’t one.