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Ancient Greek mythology has long provided moral and ethical lessons for people, but according to author and researcher Adrienne Mayor, today’s leaders in biotechnology and artificial intelligence pursuits should take a particular interest in the legends. Mayor, through the Greek myths, shows the ethical and moral consequences of human’s never-ending quest for immortality – a timely message as society ramps ups its Herculean efforts to achieve artificial intelligence. getAbstract recommends Mayor’s thesis to biotech enthusiasts, mythology buffs and those interested in ethical dilemmas.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How advances in biotechnology and artificial intelligence raise questions once addressed in Greek mythology,
  • What cost the quest for immortality and increased human ability exacts, and
  • What wisdom and warnings ancient Greek myths can provide to ensure humanity’s perpetuation.

About the Author

Adrienne Mayor is a research scholar in classics and the history of science at Stanford University.



The ancient Greeks revealed their fascination with human limitations through elaborate storytelling. The myths of Hercules, Pandora and Medea display quests for eternal life, youth and superhuman ability. The Greeks used the term bio-techne ( bios means “life” and techne means...

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