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.
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, ahead of the genetics revolution
If the recent news of the Chinese genetically engineered babies was a surprise to you, it wasn’t for JAMIE METZL.
The technology futurist, geopolitical expert, and Atlantic Council Senior Fellow testified before the US congress over a decade ago predicting that humans would soon start genetically altering our future children. Since then, has been leading the call to governments and in forums around the world, the international media, and the pages of major journals for a thoughtful response.
Dubbed a “true polymath… bordering on the superhuman” and recognized for his advanced expertise in “AI, Genetics, and the Future” in the industry leading Psychology Today, Metzl states that we are “at the cusp of a genetic revolution that will transform our healthcare in the short term, how we make babies and the nature of the babies we make in the medium term, and our evolutionary trajectory as a species over the longer term.”
Metzl’s editorial in LeapsMag, a journal covering groundbreaking advances in life sciences, entitled Is Sex for Reproduction About to Become Extinct? makes the striking case for why ever-more humans will soon begin conceiving their children in labs and what this means for all of us.
The culmination of Metzl’s two decade-long deep dive into the science, politics, and ethics of the genetics revolution is the April 23, 2019 publication of his fifth book, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. The book has received glowing reviews from preeminent geneticists and thought leaders:
“Metzl guides us brilliantly down the twisting and ever-changing river of our genetic future in this important and thought-provoking book… [and] thoughtfully explores the ultimately more critical issues of diversity, equality, and respect for each other and our common humanity.”
— George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and author of Regenesis
“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.”
— Ray Kurzweil, inventor and futurist, author of The Singularity is Near and How to Create a Mind
"Metzl's book - ranging through genetics, human destiny and the future -- is an incredible trove of information for scientists, futurists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and virtually every intrigued, interested reader. A gifted and thoughtful writer, Metzl brings us to the frontiers of biology and technology, and reveals a world full of promise and peril. This is a must-read book."
— Siddhartha Mukherjee MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene: An Intimate History
"In many ways, Jamie Metzl has been preparing Hacking Darwin for the last 20 years and his diligence shines through. Jamie is a gifted writer and his explanation of genetics are crisp, accurate, and wonderfully engaging. If you can only read one book on the future of our species, this is it."
— Sanjay Gupta MD, bestseller author, neurosurgeon, and Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent (CNN)
The very real prospects of designer babies and self-driven human evolution may pose a daunting path for us personally and for all humankind, but Jamie Metzl has long been our ready guide for this journey.
“What Metzl has achieved in the seemingly disparate domains of athleticism and intellectualism is quite astonishing,” the Psychology Today profile reads, “but also he is warm, likable, down-to-earth, and humorous.”
Metzl is also a compelling speaker who paints a vivid picture of a future arriving far faster than most of us understand, or are prepared for, and wants us to understand what we each and all must do in our personal and professional lives to get ready.
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:
12.11.2018 Inside the US-China rivalry | CNN Amanpour
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. Media hits came from the leading media outlets. Amanpour & Co. presented an extensive interview. The Economist offered an excerpt and Q&A. Other appearances were in the New York Times op-ed, CBS News, NPR Books, Forbes.com (with most colorful headline), 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, Publishers Weekly review.
This much attention is no wonder when even 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!
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.
Homo Sapiens 2.0? Jamie Metzl, Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council, calls for a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement.
With the science of genetic human enhancement moving forward exponentially, we will have big social problems if an inclusive public conversation does not accompany this miraculous technological advancement.
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.