I have a theory. If humans end up wiping themselves out, it will be because not enough people are science fiction fans. This article from 2010 is a case in point. Apparently, the Pentagon budgeted $6 million to research the creation of “synthetic organisms” that can live indefinitely, unless the genetically-coded kill switch is triggered. The purpose of these organisms is to eliminate “the randomness of natural evolutionary advancement” to “produce the intended biological effect”. It’s hard to tell whether their goal is to create the Captain Trips super-flu virus from “The Stand”, or merely Cylons. Either way, this never works out well for mankind.