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- Introduction to Transhumanism
- Supercomputing, Artificial Intelligence, & the Singularity
- Nanotechnology

   

Synthetic Biology:

 

What Is Synthetic Biology?
(10:42)
 
 

It has been referred to as extreme genetic engineering and the new frontier of biotechnology. What is "SynBio," and how will it affect the food we eat and the farmers who provide it?

 

 

Introduction to Synthetic Biology
(57:12)
 
 

A pioneer in synthetic biology, Andrew Hessel discusses the similarities between computing and biology during a talk at Singularity University .

 

 

Synthetic Biology: Inventing the Future
(42:31)
 
 

Inventing the Future is a live news program featuring coming trends that will shape society. Lead by Robert Tercek, Inventing the Future offers insight into the future of the world after tomorrow. Joining Robert Tercek in this discussion are Andrew Hessel, Distinguished Research Scientist with the Bio/Nano Programmable Matter Group at Autodesk , and Dr. William Hurlbut, Physician and Consulting Professor at Stanford University . Scientists can now re-program life at the cellular level, just like a computer program. Syn-bio experts, sometimes called bio-hackers, are re-programming the DNA in viruses and creating novel life forms that can replicate and grow just like natural single cell organisms.

 

 

Hacking Life's Code: Designer Genes
(1:13:30)

 

Should the use and knowledge of genetics be limited in the case of conception? What about using genetic engineering to make humans healthier—or even enhancing humanity by manipulating DNA? Geneticist

Dr. George Church,  fertility specialists Paula Amato and Jamie Grifo, and bioethicists Sheldon Krimsky and Nita Farahany mull our fast-approaching genetic engineering horizon in this program of the 2014 World Science Festival.

 

 

Homo Sapiens 2.0: Genetic Enhancement & the Future of Humanity
(1:05:01)

 Moderator Jaime Metzl is joined by

Dr. George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School ; Columbia University bioethicist, Dr. Robert Klitzman; New York Stem Cell Foundation Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Susan Solomon; and Princeton Professor of Molecular Biology and Public Policy, Dr. Lee Silver to discuss the opportunities and challenges of human genetic engineering.

 

 

Programming Life: The Revolutionary Potential of Synthetic Biology
(1:29:33)

In an event co-sponsored by Synberc and Discover Magazine , an expert panel discussed the topics: 1) Near-term applications of synthetic biology for creating new drugs, chemicals, and fuels 2) The social and economic implications of synthetic biology 3) Ethical and environmental challenges of synthetic biology 4) Training tomorrow's innovators in synthetic biology 5) Future possibilities—a look ahead at what might be possible in 20 years. The panel in this video consists of

Dr. Chris Voight, 
Dr. Douglas Densmore, and
Christian Smolke.

 

 

Programming Nature: Entrepreneurs Are Transforming Synthetic Biology Into Real Dollars
(1:20:53)

Synthetic biology was once reserved for big pharma and the multimillion dollar chemical manufacturing industry, but today startups and hackers in their garages and basements are using cloud based services and low cost labs, tools, and equipment to manipulate organisms to produce materials and products of economic value. Startups like Lygos are altering the DNA of yeast and e-coli to produce nylon, polyester, and polypropylene for clothing. RefactoredMaterials is transforming proteins to create materials that mimic spider silk. All of this is possible because cloud-based services and low cost tools are enabling these companies to quickly and cheaply build and iterate through multiple DNA blueprints to discover the right formula to produce these materials. The panel in this video speak into the questions: 1) What are the tools and cloud services that enable synthetic biology for startups? 2) What are the keys to low cost innovation that will democratize synthetic biology and create profitable ventures? 3) How do movements like Biohacking and Biocurious help shape this new movement? 4) Can backyard biologists have the same impact that the homebrew computer clubs did in the 1980s? 5) Is there a Moore's Law equivalent for this space and what do investors see as the next big opportunities?