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New ears, new bladders, cochlear implants, new teeth, bionic limbs. Scientist can now create human skin, mindboggling robots, even human eyes. How far are scientist from creating new heart replacements, or a new liver; enhancing our bodies, and extending our life? Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about the profound changes that genomics and other life sciences will cause in business, technology, politics and society.
Juan Enriquez implies that there will soon be a new species of humanoid. A return of Boskop man? No, a new species that evolves out of the skin of the old. With humor, wit, and incisive logic, Juan Enriquez shows us where we are, where we've been, and where we may be headed. . . . maybe. Another George W. Bush could destroy the planet beyond repair and move the human race beyond recovery. Good ideas can drive out bad ideas. TED does have ideas worth spreading.
Juan Enriquez: Futurist Why you should listen to him: A broad thinker who studies the intersection of science, business and society, Juan Enriquez has a talent for bridging disciplines to build a coherent look ahead. Enriquez was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, and has published widely on topics from the technical (global nucleotide data flow) to the sociological (gene research and national competitiveness), and was a member of Celera Genomics founder Craig Venter's marine-based team to collect genetic data from the world's oceans.
Formerly CEO of Mexico City's Urban Development Corporation and chief of staff for Mexico's secretary of state, Enriquez played a role in reforming Mexico's domestic policy and helped negotiate a cease-fire with Zapatista rebels. He is a Managing Director at Excel Medical Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm, and the chair and CEO of Biotechonomy, a research and investment firm helping to fund new genomics firms. The Untied States of America, his latest book, looks at the forces threatening America's future as a unified country.
Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.
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