Far sooner than most of us think, the genetics revolution will transform the world within & around us. But while we today think about genetic technologies primarily in the context of healthcare, the tools we are developing will soon being changing the way we make babies, the nature of the babies we make, & ultimately our evolutionary trajectory as a species. The genetics revolution will be the greatest opportunity, & also the greatest challenge, of our era yet we aren't ready for what's fast heading our way.
Leading technology futurist & geopolitical expert, Jamie Metzl, in conversation with Exponential Medicine Founder, Daniel Kraft, explores what the genetics revolution means for you, your family, the country, & the world -- & what we must all do now to prepare. The conversation will be moderated by David Ewing Duncan.
Jamie Metzl is a leading futurist, geopolitical expert, science fiction novelist, & media commentator & a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council. He was recently appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the governance & oversight of human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society & with the United Nations in Cambodia. Jamie appears regularly on national & international media discussing global issues & his syndicated columns & other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, & other topics are featured regularly in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, & the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code & Eternal Sonata. His new book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering & the Future of Humanity was released in April 2019. An avid ironman triathlete & ultramarathoner & former White House Fellow & Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, & is a Phi Beta Kappa Magna cum Laude graduate of Brown University. www.jamiemetzl.com
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford & Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor & innovator. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research & healthcare innovation, Kraft has served as Faculty Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience at Singularity University since SU's inception, & founded & is chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies & their potential in biomedicine & healthcare. Dr. Kraft recently founded IntelliMedicine, focused on enabling connected, data driven, & integrated personalized medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, & founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. Daniel is an avid pilot & has served in the Massachusetts & California Air National Guard as an officer & flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter Squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection.
David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning science & political journalist in print, television, & radio; & the best-selling author of nine books published in 21 languages. His next book is Talking to Robots: Tales from our Human-Robot Futures (Dutton-Penguin, 2019). David is CEO & Curator of Arc Fusion, a recent columnist for the Daily Beast, & a frequent contributor to Wired, Vanity Fair, MIT Technology Review, The New York Times, Atlantic, & others. He has written for Fortune, National Geographic, Discover, Life, Time, Newsweek, & many others. He is a former commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, & a special correspondent & producer for ABC's Nightline & 20/20. He is the founding director of the Center of Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley. David's work has won numerous awards, including Magazine Story of the Year from AAAS, & he recently served on a select committee of the National Academies of Sciences on science communications.