Margaret Atwood on Dystopia, CRISPR, and ‘Oryx and Crake’

Listen to a podcast extra: Margaret Atwood live with Ira at Housing Works in NYC.

Author Margaret Atwood joined Ira at a live event at Housing Works in New York City to discuss Oryx and Crake. Thirteen years after the publication of the book, she talks about if the story has been a prediction or a warning about our use and control of biotechnology today. Atwood says “there could have been a Crake then too, but CRISPR has made it much more possible.” She also reveals why Oryx remained a mysterious character and if she believes artificial intelligence is the next technological dystopia.

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Photos by Daniel Peterschmidt.

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