We human beings like to dream about the future, but sometimes it's right in front of our eyes and somehow just out of sight.
I'll give you an example. It happened just a few weeks ago and you might have missed it. Barbra Streisand told the world she successfully cloned her dead dog. Twice.
Yeah. Barbra Streisand hired a real biotech company to take some mouth and stomach cells from her dog Samantha back in 2017 and turned around and cloned two brand-new dogs out of them - Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett.
We've had twenty years to accept that this would be possible, and we've been caught slippin'.
But back in 1996, more than twenty years ago, we were just as blind. Scientists took some cells from a sheep and made another sheep out of it. In 1996! Dolly the sheep was the first ever mammal to be cloned, in the same year the Spice Girls were first played on the radio and the Nintendo 64 was released! We were shooting rocket launchers in Goldeneye when scientists found a new way to successfully create life.
And you're dead wrong if you think these nerds are going to walk us through the strange times ahead. Why? Because they're human beings, which means they're just as oblivious. They may know way more than the average person about cellular biology and the scientific process, but I promise you they can be just as dumb.
How do I know this? Reading about cloning, I stumbled on the reason for the name Dolly. Scientists named her Dolly the sheep after Dolly Parton the country singer, and it's not because sheep have beautiful voices or Parton has luxurious wool. Dolly the sheep got her name because she was cloned from another sheep's breast cells. That's the decision that came from the same eggheads responsible for cloning another living being.
Let that sink in.
The future is here, people. We need to keep our eyes open because sooner or later, someone is going to invent a flying car and cure cancer, and we're going to be too focused on cloning Fido to notice.