This comment was in a sidebar on an article Q&A: Ridley Scott Has Finally Created the Blade Runner He Always Imagined. (Read the article btw)
J. Craig Venter
“The movie has an underlying assumption that I just don’t relate to: that people want a slave class. As I imagine the potential of engineering the human genome, I think, wouldn’t it be nice if we could have 10 times the cognitive capabilities we do have? But people ask me whether I could engineer a stupid person to work as a servant. I’ve gotten letters from guys in prison asking me to engineer women they could keep in their cell. I don’t see us, as a society, doing that.”
As much as I’d like to hope he’s write I just don’t agree. I see us as a society doing that very thing. Maybe it’ll be Brave New World with it’s Epsilons, or Planet of the Apes, or I,Robot but we like very much to have something doing the cheap labor for us. Even folks like myself who find the idea of slavery abhorrent still benefit from the third world (or even first world) sweat shops. What do you think?