Amy Webb (@amywebb) is an author and the founder and CEO of The Future Today Institute — a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Her latest book is The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology.
What We Discuss with Amy Webb:
- Synthetic biology will change the world in three key areas: medicine, food, and the environment.
- How pandemics might be wiped out by engineering immunity to deadly diseases on demand before they have a chance to take hold. (Alternatively, how pandemics might be created by engineering new diseases against which we have no defense.)
- Forget waiting your turn on the donor list: we’ll be able to print new vital, life-sustaining organs from scratch instead of relying on unpredictable supply.
- When we have the ability to resurrect extinct species, will we possess the wisdom to prudently decide what lives again and what stays dead forever?
- How meat can be grown from cells in labs without slaughtering animals and consuming the resources necessary to sustain them.
- And much more…
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The upside of synthetic biology is its promise to vastly improve medicine, food, and the environment in the foreseeable future. The downside is that this magnificent technology is not without sizable risks.
On this episode, we’re joined by Amy Webb, CEO of The Future Today Institute and co-author of The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology. Here, we discuss the pros and cons of synthetic biology — ways it might be used to eliminate (or create) new pandemics, how donor transplant lists for vital organs will be made obsolete as we print brand new supply on demand, the possibility of resurrecting extinct species or hacking Neanderthal DNA to make Homo sapiens more physically robust, how massive scaling of lab-grown meat can feed the world without the need for slaughtering animals and the resources necessary to sustain them, and much more. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology by Amy Webb and Andrew Hessel | Amazon
- Other Books by Amy Webb | Amazon
- Tech Trends and Scenarios | Future Today Institute
- Amy Webb | Website
- Amy Webb | Twitter
- Amy Webb | Facebook
- George Church Explains How DNA Will Be Construction Material of the Future | Der Spiegel
- NOAA Predicts Above-Normal 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Rob Reid | Synthetic Biology for Medicine and Murder | Jordan Harbinger
- Colonizing Mars May Require Humanity to Tweak Its DNA | Space
- NASA Scientist: Yes, Humans Can One Day Live on Mars | Interesting Engineering
- Amy Webb Explains the Paradox of the Present | Cheddar News
- Synthetic Biology | National Human Genome Research Institute
- Crick, Watson, and Franklin: DNA Structure | Khan Academy
- What is CRISPR? | New Scientist
- Seven Genetically Modified Animals That Glow in the Dark | The Week
- Plastic-Eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste | UT News
- Algae In, Petroleum Out | WNDR Alpine
- Biosynthetic Fibres | Win-Win Textiles Showroom
- Inspired by Nature. Designing for the Future. | Bolt Threads
- Sustainable Vegan Mycelium Leather | Mylo Unleather
- Stan Smith Mylo: Made Using Mushrooms | Adidas
- Mushrooms Communicate with Each Other Using up to 50 ‘Words’, Scientist Claims | The Guardian
- How GMO Crops Impact Our World | FDA
- What Is a Bioreactor and How Does It Work? | Infors HT
- How to Make Sourdough Starter from Scratch | Food Network
- Americans Projected to Eat 1.42 Billion Chicken Wings for Super Bowl LVI | National Chicken Council
- Singapore Aims to Lead the World in Lab-Grown Meat | Intelligent Living
- Lab-Grown Organs Could Solve the Transplant Crisis | Wired UK
- A Man Who Got the 1ST Pig Heart Transplant Has Died after Two Months | NPR
- Lab-Grown Mini-Organs Help Model Disease, Test New Drugs | AAAS
- ‘Xenobot’ Living Robots Can Reproduce | The Scientist Magazine
- Playing Tic-Tac-Toe Using Genetic Neural Network with Double Transfer Functions | Journel of Intelligent Learning Systems and Applications
- The Future Has Arrived — It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed Yet | Quote Investigator
- Types of Corrective Eye Surgery | Vistar Eye Center
- Implanted Biosynthetic Corneas Can Regenerate Tissue, Restoring Vision in Humans | Popular Science
- The Future Called: We’re Disgusting and Barbaric | Wired
- On This Day in Telephone History: May 18th, 1877 | The Telephone Museum, Inc.
- Moore’s Law | Investopedia
- Moore’s Law and the Carlson Curve | Two Steps Ahead
- DNA Sequencing Fact Sheet | National Human Genome Research Institute
- Blackstone to Acquire Ancestry.com for $4.7 Billion | Reuters
- US Warns of Efforts by China to Collect Genetic Data | The New York Times
- China’s CRISPR Twins Might Have Had Their Brains Inadvertently Enhanced | MIT Technology Review
- Desmond Shum | Wealth, Power, Corruption, and Vengeance in China | Jordan Harbinger
- FDR Creates the Works Progress Administration (WPA) | History
- Researchers Use Embryonic Stem Cells to Create Living Model Embryos for Research | NPR
- The Expanse | Prime Video
- Researchers De-Extincted a Killer Pox Virus for $100k Using Mail Order DNA | Fanatical Futurist
- The Deadliest Virus | The New Yorker
- What Is “Gain-of-Function” Research? | The Economist
- The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South | Smithsonian Magazine
- China ‘Modified’ the Weather to Create Clear Skies for Political Celebration – Study | The Guardian
- COP26: Together for Our Planet | United Nations
- Thomas Kostigen | Hacking Planet Earth | Jordan Harbinger
- Cellular Rejuvenation Programming | Altos Labs
- Genetically Engineered Bioweapons: A New Breed of Weapons for Modern Warfare | Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science
- Trump’s DNA is Reportedly for Sale. Here’s What Someone Could Do with It. | OneZero
- Macron Refused Russian COVID Test in Putin Trip over DNA Theft Fears | Reuters
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