“How many times do you have to see the evidence? How many times must the point be made? We’re causing our own extinction. Too many red lines have been crossed. And our home has, in fundamental ways, been polluted by avarice and political megalomania. Genetic power has been unleashed! And, of course, that will be catastrophic. This change was inevitable from the moment we brought the first dinosaur back from extinction. We try to convince ourselves that sudden change exists outside the normal order of things like a car crash or it’s beyond our control like a fatal illness. We never conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change being woven into the fabric of existence. But I can assure you it most assuredly is and it is happening now. Humans and dinosaurs are now going to be forced to coexist. These creatures were here before us and, if we’re not careful, they’ll be here after. We’re going to have to adapt to new threats we can’t even imagine. We have entered a new era. Welcome to Jurassic World.”
Ian Malcolm, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
I discovered something big yesterday involving Elon Musk. On Twitter, Musk’s business partner revealed that they are toying with the idea of creating a real life Jurassic Park. Elon Musk already had plans regarding artificial intelligence, transhumanism, and colonizing Mars. We should not be surprised that he would want to make Jurassic Park a reality. Elon Musk definitely has the money, technology, and an army of scientists at his command for such an endeavor.
On a personal note, it looks like the dinosaurs Musk plans to create will not be scientifically accurate duplicates of the originals. This is similar to the dinosaurs in my dinosaurs series since they too are made through genetic engineering and are not scientifically accurate to the original dinosaurs of the past. Also, the timing of this Tweet is so perfect because I loosely based one of the characters on Elon Musk himself. I must say, when I saw the Tweet, I got some serious Indominus Rex vibes. Like the Indominus Rex, it is likely that the artificial dinosaurs Elon Musk plans to breed will be very unpredictable. Either way, in the near future, we might be seeing manmade dinosaurs in real life. They won’t be like the ones from the past, but they will be the next best thing. If Elon Musk pursues this path, he will become the real life John Hammond.
Some people may question this idea with good reason. However, this was inevitable from the moment Michael Crichton wrote the original Jurassic Park novel. He made us question what was scientifically possible and planted the idea of bringing dinosaurs back to life in our heads. For the past thirty years, that idea has been fanned into a flame that consumed the human imagination. Now, we have scientists planning to reverse engineer chickens back into dinosaur-like creatures or scientists planning to clone mammoths and saber-toothed cats. With these scientific developments, it was inevitable that someone with enough money, influence, and ambition would come along and try to make Jurassic Park a reality. One could argue that Elon Musk’s planned real life Jurassic Park is the ultimate culmination in Michael Crichton’s legacy. He wrote Jurassic Park as a cautionary tale and yet the public is ignoring his warnings and are hellbent on making his vision come true.