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  • The Most Innovative Companies Thrive When People Disrupt Themselves
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    The Most Innovative Companies Thrive When People Disrupt Themselves

    While the popular phrase “disrupt yourself before someone else disrupts you” is often meant for organizations, Whitney Johnson believes that people should be in the practice of disrupting themselves, too. After spending nearly a decade as an institutional investor ranked equity analyst on Wall Street, Whitney co-founded the Disruption Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s… More

  • Is It Moral to Seek Immortality? A Discussion at the Vatican
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    Is It Moral to Seek Immortality? A Discussion at the Vatican

    Earlier this month, I participated in a discussion/debate at the Vatican on the topic of “The Morality of Immortality.” The discussion was moderated by CNN medical anchor Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and included Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman, Elder Dale Renlund, Reverend Father Dr. Nicancor Austriaco and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins. Here are a few compelling… More

  • Living Neanderthal ‘Mini-Brains’ May Reveal What Makes Our Brains Special
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    Living Neanderthal ‘Mini-Brains’ May Reveal What Makes Our Brains Special

    He isolated DNA from Egyptian mummies. He discovered the Denisovans, an extinct ancient human species, by sequencing DNA from a tiny bone fragment. He led a massive study that reconstructed the Neanderthal genome—and found traces of their genes still lurking within some of us today. Now, the Swedish geneticist Dr. Svante Pääbo is once again ready… More

  • The Power of Unsafe Thinking to Bring Bold, World-Changing Ideas to Life
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    The Power of Unsafe Thinking to Bring Bold, World-Changing Ideas to Life

    Jonah Sachs is a storyteller, entrepreneur, and “unsafe thinker.” Sachs is the founder and former CEO of Free Range studios, a pioneering creative firm that helped create some of the first viral marketing campaigns around social issues, such as the “The Story of Stuff,” which was viewed by over 60 million people and whose purpose… More

  • These 4 Tech Trends Are Driving Us Toward Food Abundance
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    These 4 Tech Trends Are Driving Us Toward Food Abundance

    From a first-principles perspective, the task of feeding eight billion people boils down to converting energy from the sun into chemical energy in our bodies. Traditionally, solar energy is converted by photosynthesis into carbohydrates in plants (i.e., biomass), which are either eaten by the vegans amongst us, or fed to animals, for those with a… More

  • Scientists Kick Off Synthetic Biology Project to Make Virus-Resistant Super Cells
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    Scientists Kick Off Synthetic Biology Project to Make Virus-Resistant Super Cells

    Recently, roughly 200 eminent scientists assembled in Boston. Their agenda? Creating “superhero” human cells impervious to all viral attacks and possibly other killers—radiation, freezing, aging, or even cancer. The trick isn’t super-soldier serum. Instead, the team is relying on tools from synthetic biology to read the cell’s genetic blueprint and rewrite large chunks of the… More

  • How to Leverage the Power of Science Fiction for Exponential Innovation
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    How to Leverage the Power of Science Fiction for Exponential Innovation

    “The only constant is change, and the rate of change is increasing.” –Peter Diamandis Many of today’s biggest companies will no longer exist in 10 years. Why? Because rapidly emerging new technologies will make the problems they’ve spent their history solving obsolete. Too often solutions are limited to ideas that can easily be shown to… More

  • Holograms Can Now Program Brain Activity—Are Fake Experiences Next?
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    Holograms Can Now Program Brain Activity—Are Fake Experiences Next?

    Optogenetics, neuroscience’s hottest mind-control tool, just got a major update. Projecting 3D-light holograms—yes, holograms!—directly onto a mouse’s cortex, engineers at UC Berkeley instantaneously gained control of dozens of neurons at once. That’s not the impressive part. What’s incredible is that those neurons belonged to different networks, spread out over 50 different spots on a chunk… More

  • CRISPR-on-a-Chip For Diagnosing Cancer May Soon Be a Thing
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    CRISPR-on-a-Chip For Diagnosing Cancer May Soon Be a Thing

    Oh CRISPR, how you’ve grown. From an obscure part of the bacterial immune defense system, you’re now on track to cure genetic diseases, thwart superbugs, boost global food production, and wipe out disease-carrying pests. And now, finally, you’re ready to shed your cellular cocoon and head out into a cell-free world. Ever since scientists successfully… More

  • 3 Major Shifts Are About to Transform Manufacturing as We Know It
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    3 Major Shifts Are About to Transform Manufacturing as We Know It

    We are on the verge of transforming one of society’s most fundamental building blocks: manufacturing. As new technologies enable manufacturers to customize everything, these same agents are quickly turning consumers into inventors. Following the agricultural revolution some 5,000 years ago, humanity made a huge breakthrough that allowed complex societies to flourish: we specialized. It made no sense for each… More

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