Intelligent Design is ___________. A Trojan horse, a wedge strategy, stealth creationism… Place your favorite cliche into the blank. In doing so ignore the real world. In that world Venter recognizes what was already plain to see. Instructions within cellular genomes reveal what life is. Venter:
This is as much a philosophical as a technological advance. The notion that this is possible means bacterial cells are software-driven biological machines. If you change the software, you build a new machine. I'm still amazed by it.
Cellular constructs which function like control structures, "performing a function similar to steering logic." Codified genetic information and instructions. Error detection and correction mechanisms. Unmistakable parallels to computer programs generated by advanced intelligence and utilized with modern technology. Perhaps investigators will even use approaches from computer science to generate breakthroughs in molecular biology. Utilize codified symbolic systems invented by intelligent agents to reveal new things about biology which can be tested and verified. Already done.
Computer screens looking like computer codes resulting from "software originally developed for finding flaws in microchip circuitry." Basing predictions about growth disruptive mutations, which can be experimentally verified, on programmed warning designs. At this point it is obligatory to emphasize that biological designs are apparent and not real. Mere mirages resulting from mindless forces of nature. The same forces which generated human consciousness. Ya know science, science, science…
Likewise, the diagram as a whole — illustrating, say, a regulatory pathway — corresponds to a sequence of statements that collectively function as a computer simulation. Ultimately, she says, this kind of software should develop to a point at which researchers can draw a hypothetical pathway or interaction on the screen in exactly the way they're already used to doing, and have the computer automatically convert their drawing into a working simulation.
Call this executable biology or whatever you like. But memorize one more thing. Intelligent design is an empirical non-starter. Now, let's all leave reality and go back to ID is a Trojan horse, blah, blah, blah.