Monday, January 29, 2018

Will Monkey Cloning Breakthrough Doom Authors?

With the announcement in January that Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys for the first time – the biggest cloning breakthrough since Scottish scientists created Dolly the sheep in 1996 -- are  we moving that much closer to cloning humans and if so, could the day come when we outsource our book writing from authors and creative artists to cloning farms?

Sure you scoff at the thought. 

First you think:  Well, the science to safely clone humans isn’t there yet.  Or is it?  

Second, you say it will be banned and made illegal to clone a human.  But some rogue nation or gang or terrorist operation or enterprising entrepreneur will get its hands on the technology and no doubt look to exhibit what will instantly be a trillion-dollar industry.

So now the question moves from could this happen to when?  

Then we must ask of its ramifications, not only for society at large – the security, health and psychological threats it poses – but for the role it could play in how books are created.

What chance does the amateur writer stand against an army of a thousand J.K. Rowling clones brainstorming together -- along with 500 James Pattersons and 300 Stephen Kings?  What can the typical writer do when Nobel Prize winners for literature are replicated faster than Apple mass produces the next generation iPhone?

With sports, we abhor steroid-using cheaters but many have infiltrated the game and fans are forced to either look away embrace a compromised and diluted product or quit being a fan.  For athletics competing at a high level, they are confronted with the choice of using drugs either to gain an advantage or to merely compete to the level of others – or to go natural but risk fame and fortune by not being able to keep up with their unnaturally bulked-up competitors.

Writers will soon be confronted with trying to write a book on their own vs. clones, and potentially groups of clones working together like a chain of super computers seeking to crack a secret code.  Worse than that, perhaps scientists will clone chimps that will also infuse language genes into them and create an army of non-human clones to produce great books.

Should society read and buy tomes penned by clones -- human or not?  Will society even know the truth?  

Some books are already compiled or enhanced by robots and technology.  Maybe one day authors will be some blend of robot and cloned monkey.

It sounds like a horror story, on so many levels, and thankfully it doesn’t seem like it will unfold next week, but the distant tomorrow is on the horizon and within our sights.  It’s no longer so far-fetched that humanity could displace itself through science, technology and drugs.

And cloned monkeys.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. 

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