Are New Genetic Technologies a Match for the Coronavirus?
The Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the most serious pandemic to hit the world in many decades, and things are likely get significantly worse before they get better. Given the rapid transmission of this virus and the long, asymptomatic incubation period, millions of people will soon likely be infected. As great as this threat poses, the tools of the genetics revolution give us essential new tools to respond. But as we ramp up the resources allocated to this crisis, we must also anticipate the even larger challenge we face. With our species urbanizing like never before, our climate warming, our interaction with the world around us becoming remodeled based on human designs, and our ability to modify viruses to create deadly synthetic pathogens growing, we have no idea what even bigger challenges may be coming. As an investment in our future health and well-being, we must be thinking far more deeply about how we can best use the almost god-like powers our genetic technologies give us. In this essential talk, Jamie Metzl explores how we can best use our most powerful genetic technologies wisely to save rather than destroy us.
Hacking Darwin: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Humanity
Far sooner than most of us think, the genetics revolution will transform the world within and 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, and ultimately our evolutionary trajectory as a species. The genetics revolution will be the greatest opportunity, and also the greatest challenge, of our era yet we aren’t ready for what’s fast heading our way. Leading technology futurist and geopolitical expert Jamie Metzl explores what the genetics revolution means for you, your company, the country, and the world -- and what we must all do now to prepare. The genetics revolution will be the greatest opportunity of our era, and also the greatest challenge – and it will have massive business implications that will increasingly define organizational success and failure in the 21st century.
From Precision to Predictive: Genetic Revolution to Healthcare and Beyond
The transition from today’s system of generalized medicine based on population averages to the new model of precision healthcare based on each person’s individual biology is already well underway. But the use of the precision medicine tools of genome sequencing, big data analytics, and targeted gene therapies to treat cancer and other diseases are paving the way for a system of predictive healthcare where parents will know and begin responding to their children’s future risk of developing hereditary disorders from before their children have even been born. In addition to predicting these types of health outcomes, genetic analysis will also enable us to predict and ultimately influence the genetic components of broader human traits like the IQ, athletic ability, and personality style of our future children. The genetics revolution will fundamentally transform our healthcare, the way we make babies, the nature of the babies we make, and trillions of dollars of commerce but health professionals, the business community, and society at large are not at all ready. Because this transformation is coming far sooner than most people think with massive personal and financial consequences, we must be.
Competition and Innovation at the Technological Frontier
Converging political, geopolitical, and technological revolutions are making now the greatest moment of global change since 1945. With nationalism rising around the world, the post-war international order in rapid decline, China significantly expanding its global influence, and the AI, genetics, blockchain, and other revolutions shaking the foundations of the world we’ve known, individuals, companies, and countries will either understand and quickly adapt to these converging super-trends or pay a massive competitive price. In this talk spanning the wide range of factors transforming our world at lightning speed, geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl paints a vivid picture of where we are heading and outlines key principles for how individuals, companies, and countries can best position themselves to ride the rising tidal wave of revolutionary change.
Hacking immortality: The science and science fiction of extreme human life extension
In this exciting talk, Jamie Metzl explores the latest technological breakthroughs in the science of human life extension and their implications on the personal and societal levels. While the quest for immortality has been the stuff of fairy tales, the new science of life extension is very real and will soon be pushing the limits of aging and unlocking human potential. Jamie, a rare combination of science expert and science fiction writer, brings the science to life and explains what individuals, companies, and governments must do now to prepare for this revolutionary future that will fundamentally reorganize modern societies and global economics.
Human Resource Management in a Genetic Age
The overlapping genetics and AI revolutions are transforming our healthcare, the way we make babies, and how long we live. This revolution will be the greatest opportunity of our era, and also the greatest challenge – and it will have massive business implications that will increasingly define organizational success and failure in the 21st century.
Corporations have struggled for decades to build open and inclusive workplaces comfortable to people of all races, nationalities, genders, ages, and sexual orientations. In the fast-arriving genetic age, companies will need to figure out such issues as how to deal with predictive health information, whether to cover egg freezing, embryo selection, and embryonic gene editing for employees, and how to help employees prepare for longer than expected lives. While this may seem like science fiction, this future is already here. The genetics revolution will alter our perception of workforce capabilities and potentials and challenge even the most forward-thinking of corporations. It will upend traditional notions of equity, diversity, and inclusion. It will change much of everything.
But are you ready?
Beyond the Blue Zones: What the Revolutionary Science of Human Life Extension Means for You
Most everybody knows we should exercise, eat well, build meaningful communities, and reduce stress to live healthy longer. But the revolutionary new science of human life extension is creating enticing new possibilities for using technology to extend our lives far beyond what nature intended. While the quest for immortality has been the stuff of fairy tales, the new science of life extension will soon be pushing the limits of aging and unlocking human potential in ways our ancestors never could have imagined. Technology futurist Jamie Metzl explores the latest breakthroughs in the science of human life extension that promise to gain is more of life‘s most precious commodity: time. Jamie explains what individuals, companies, and governments must do now to prepare for this revolutionary future that will fundamentally reorganize our societies and global economics.
Jamie Metzl in the news
Having served in high level positions in the White House, State Department, and Senate, as well as run a major international affairs organization, JAMIE METZL draws from his cutting edge experience in both the public and private sector to provide transformative insights and actionable takeaways for every audience. Here is a sampling of his media appearances:
Hacking Darwin gaining media momentum
The release of Hacking Darwin drew great media attention from Amanpour & Co., The Economist, The New York Times, and more. Recently, JAMIE METZL's call for a society-wide conversation on the future of human genetic engineering is gaining increasing momentum.
Houston Fox 26 aired an unprecedented 5-day series with the last segment hosting a clear discussion of the ethical considerations. Further media attention ranged from a book review in the prestigious journal of science, Nature, to a discussion in the Vanity Fair/Hive podcast, to Fareed Zakaria, GPS, CNN , to an extensive list of live interviews now reaching over ten million hits. Some of the many programs include The Rubin Report, Curious with Josh Peck , The James Altucher Show ,FOMO Sapiens , Inspired Money, Chris Stout: Living a Life in Full, Joe Rogan Experience, Fox LA, BBC, and Blue Zones.
In addition to all this attention, Jamie Metzl is in development for both a TV and feature documentaries, and a podcast of his own, Future U. with Jamie Metzl.
Hacking Darwin, Jamie Metzl's latest book, is out to great acclaim!
After serving in the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist JAMIE METZL locked on and dove deep into the then budding genetic engineering industry, and has kept reporting on it ever since.
His latest book, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity is out with exceptional reviews and great media attention. Amanpour & Co. presented an extensive interview. The Economist offered an excerpt and Q&A. Other appearances included a New York Times op-ed, CBS News, NPR Books, Forbes.com, Quartz with an excerpt, TechCrunch with an op-ed, a Psychology Today feature, Fareed Zakaria interview (CNN), BBC America interview, Bloomberg Radio interview, Joe Rogan Experience podcast interview, WJR-AM (Detroit), WLW-AM (Cincinnati), WBAL-AM (Baltimore), KOMO-AM (Seattle), WTAM-AM (Cleveland), WHAS-AM (Louisville), KOGO-AM (San Diego), KKOB-AM (Albuquerque), KEX-AM (Portland), KABC-AM (Los Angeles), Smithsonian online Q&A, Intelligence Matters podcast interview, The Future of Sex podcast interview, Genetic Literacy Project podcast, Kirkus review, and Publishers Weekly review.
This much attention is no wonder when renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil praises Hacking Darwin with, “Jamie Metzl’s Hacking Darwin is an outstanding guide to the most important conversation of our lives — how we humans will hijack our evolutionary process and transcend the limits of our own biology.”
Hacking Darwin is a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives ― sex, war, love, and death...and it’s out now!
Futurist Jamie Metzl engages audiences on the disruptions shaping our world
Most people, companies, and governments don’t understand the revolutionary technological change transforming our world, making them far less competitive and vulnerable to disruption than they need to be. JAMIE METZL is one of the world’s leading futurists who specializes in making revolutionary science and its implications understandable to and actionable for individuals, companies, and governments. A frequent CNN commentator, he speaks regularly at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including SXSW, Google Zeitgeist, and Singularity University. In addition to being an incredibly interesting and exciting speaker, Jamie will inspire your team to think differently about a future coming far faster than we think and provide specific ideas for how your company can ride the wave of technological change rather than be subsumed by it. Hailed as “extremely knowledgeable, flexible and a pleasure to work with on our event programming” (HSBC), Metzl’s talks are “substantive, compelling and artfully delivered” (The University of Texas at Dallas) and leave a lasting impression: “Many people commented after his presentation and the ensuing discussion that he is one of the best speakers they have heard in a very long while - and this is a group that is accustomed to hearing many high-level speakers” (Asia Pacific Institute). His syndicated columns and other writing on how technology, economics, and global politics intersect are featured in publications around the world including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, and TechCrunch. His new book, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity was released April 23, 2019.
Jamie Metzl sought-out for sharp analysis on Asia
As the North Korea crisis unfolds by the day and the likelihood of a US-China trade war increases, Asia expert, former White House official, and regular CNN contributor JAMIE METZL is uniquely qualified to shed light on these crucial situations, providing sharp analysis on what individuals, businesses and organizations can expect. Having penned a powerful and informative editorial for CNN entitled “12 things Trump should know about North Korea,” delivered a keynote at China’s most important gathering on North Korea, and spoken at HSBC’s China Forums in both New York and San Francisco, Metzl is highly in-demand for his shrewd insights on the impacts of what’s happening in Asia. What would a fully nuclear armed North Korea mean for the United States, Asia, and the world? What should the world expect from China’s critical party congress at the end of this year? Drawing on his extensive experience advising both the North and South Korean governments, serving as director on the U.S. National Security Council, and recently engaging in extensive consultation with experts on the China-North Korea border, Metzl is able to answer all of these questions and more. In his inside view, tour de force talks, he explains the North Korea crisis, the often conflicting interests of Asia’s key players, the options going forward, and the implications of all of this for the region and world.Watch Metzl speak on CNN >>
Jamie Metzl on the Trump administration's foreign policy and ethical lapses
The news media plays an absolutely essential role in our democracy and society and it is simply not acceptable for any US president to call the media the "enemy of the people." Events like the Trump-inspired chanting of "CNN sucks" inspired JAMIE METZL to share with you, proudly, his CNN interviews on the administration's dangerous foreign policy and ethical lapses.
Jamie Metzl is one of the world’s leading futurists who specializes in making revolutionary science and its implications understandable to and actionable for individuals, companies, and governments. A frequent CNN commentator, he speaks regularly at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including SXSW, Google Zeitgeist, and Singularity University. His syndicated columns and other writing on how technology, economics, and global politics intersect are featured in publications around the world including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, and TechCrunch.
Jamie is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata. His high profile new book, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity, was released in April 2019 to critical acclaim. According CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, "If you can only read one book on the future of our species, this is it." Former CIA Director Mike Morrel calls Hacking Darwin “a must read for the entire planet.”
Jamie is a Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security of the Atlantic Council, a faculty member for Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine track, and a member of the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on the governance and oversight of human genome editing. He previously served in senior positions in US National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. A former Chief Strategy Officer of a Boston-based biotechnology company and partner in a global private equity firm, Jamie has advised both the North and South Korean governments and served as an election monitor in Afghanistan.
Jamie is a founder and Co-Chair of the national security organization Partnership for a Secure America, a board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the American University in Mongolia, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life and 92Y’s Center for Innovation and Social Impact. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, he holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He has completed thirteen Ironman triathlons, thirty marathons, and fifteen ultramarathons.
For more on Jamie, including links to his media appearances, talks, books, and articles, please see www.jamiemetzl.com.