Rapper tech entrepreneur Will.i.am says the world will need new “codes and morals” to deal with the ethical implications of 3D printed humans."If you can print a liver or a kidney, god dang it, you're going to be able to print a whole freaking person," said the Black Eyed Peas founder in an interview with Dezeen. "Now we're getting into a whole new territory. Moses comes down with the 10 Commandments and says 'Thou shalt not.' He didn't say shit about 3D printing. So new morals, new laws, and new codes are going to be implemented."
Will.i.am says he believes that the technology to 3D print humans will be available in "our lifetime," adding: "I'm not saying I agree with it, I'm just saying what fact has based on plausible growth in technology and Moore's law." Although some scientists have speculated that in 10 years' time we may be able to 3D print small pieces of human tissue, there's no clear path from this point to create fully functional organs. Numerous difficulties (such as manufacturing working blood vessels) stand in the way, and the process of 3D printing whole bodies let alone conscious humans is just speculation.
In an interview with the Guardian, he put a more positive spin on the prospect of future advances in 3D printing and biology.
“In 20 years, you’ll be able to print a new kidney. You’ll have a machine that prints your genome with proteins that are right for your body. 3D printers will change how we make things, how we fix and heal things. To eat beef and wear leather, you need a lot of land and water for cows. In the next 20 years, we’ll be able to print beef and leather instead. Real talk.”