Dr Craig Venter said that he’s not playing God. He said he IS God (I assume), while creating a synthetic living cell. Speaking from the top of a hill he held aloft two flash drives with his ten point guidelines for other people to follow when living a synthetic life.
What’s the big deal? I mean at the end of the day it’s only a lump of something in a jar. It is not as if it is going to become self-aware and then take control of missile defences and then decide that mankind is too much of a threat and then decide to take corrective action against mankind and then embark on a war against man kind that lasts through at least four feature length real-time documentaries is it now. No I don’t think so. Be calm people.
After all it’s only a game.