Revolution in sight!

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Translation : Régine Paradis

If you’ve spent the last few weeks glued to your TV screen, anxiously following the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus, or reading Donald Trump’s latest rants on Twitter, or even shedding a tear over the demise of your favourite field hockey club, the Montreal Canadians, it’s possible that a piece of news of major importance has passed under your nose…

Last January 17, on the website of CBC, we could read a scientific article entitled “Scientists create a robot made entirely of living cells“. A team of scientists, led by Joshua Bongard, managed to create a “living” machine by harvesting and assembling frog skin and heart stem cells and came up with a surprising prototype: “This is neither a traditional robot nor a known species. It is a new class of artifact: a ‘living’ and programmable organism.” – Joshua Bongard.

Already, scientists are considering medical and environmental applications. This machine, which is smaller than a pinhead, will be able to transport drugs in a targeted manner into the human body, or even decontaminate radioactive areas.

While this scientific breakthrough is an achievement, it is also a precursor to even more promising and surprising wonders! By using stem cells to combine them and redirect their functions, scientists are using already existing material. But what will happen when we can go to the atomic level and rearrange matter at will? Science fiction?

This may seem like a dream, but we must not forget that science is currently advancing at an exponential rate, and that the discoveries that will be made in the near future will revolutionize all of our conceptions and our societies. This is exactly what Rael announces in his book Yes to Human Cloning: “Then, nanotechnology will appear on the scene, which will totally replace human labor in every industry, from industrial to agricultural…These nanobots (nanorobots) will produce everything we need by working directly in the infinitely small and assembling the required atoms and molecules.” – P. 69‑70

What this means is that this upcoming technology will replace the majority of the workers in a variety of fields: “When all work is finally carried out by nanobots, computers, and other biological robots, then this will be the greatest liberation in the history of humanity.” – Rael, Yes to Human Cloning, p. 71

Trying to conceive of human beings, all human beings free from the need to work may be dizzying for some. Will we then sink into a state of laziness or worse, chronic depression? The opposite will happen: “The new society without work, on the other hand, will allow equality in pleasure, and blossoming among everyone.” – Rael, Yes to Human Cloning, p. 72

Freed from mandatory work, the human being will be able to blossom in the field of his/her choice, whether it be in art, science, or simply dreaming for the pleasure of it, if such is his/her desire. Paradise on earth? Absolutely! And Rael has developed the idea around a political system that will allow organizing the society according to the scientific revolution that is knocking at our door, Paradism.

The challenge here is to place the human being at the heart of this revolution, to allow him/her to exploit his/her full potential for happiness and fulfillment. So, ready for the adventure?

Jean Riendeau,
Columnist for the Raelian Movement