The end is near…
Scary (or ridiculous) movies, books, and comics (or graphic novels for the high-minded nerds among us) have warned of the coming zombie apocalypse for generations. However, recently the zombie fervor has reached unprecedented proportions.
Zombies are entrenched in our popular culture and only seem to gain in popularity. Even the CDC got on the undead bandwagon recently to promote disaster readiness. To say the campaign was a hit is the understatement of the century.
The CDC warned everyone to get ready to the slogan: Get a kit, make a plan, be prepared!
“As it turns out what first began as a tongue in cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform. We continue to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazards preparedness via Zombie Preparedness…”
The CDC’s director, Dr. Ali Khan notes, If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack.
As it turns out, some, including scientists in the bio technology fields, are not so amused. Author John Ringo cites Moore’s Law, to illustrate what he believes is the inevitability of a “zombie-like” apocalypse. I urge you to read Mr. Ringo’s article.
Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, made an observation in 1965 that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. This trend has, for the most part, remained true and can be applied to almost any technology, including biotech.
Mr. Ringo uses this principal to illustrate that biotechnological achievements that at one time required a genius with a fully stocked and staffed laboratory can now be accomplished with a decent IQ in your kitchen. Further, he predicts that a lonely nerd, in the very near future, will write some version of a zombie virus. Just because he can.
Not your father’s zombies…
If that isn’t enough to get your trigger finger itching, the behavior of a “scrip kiddie’s” zombie will depend on how the virus is written. It is entirely possible that an unquenchable desire to consume human flesh won’t also come with diminished mental and physical abilities. Induced homicidal mania, coupled with reduction or even elimination of self-preservation, and no reduction in problem solving skills or physical ability..? Yeah, that would truly suck.