humanity

Becoming a Grandfather

A month ago, I became a grandfather. I am very happy! This is the start of what I would call the completion of my genetic duty. Congratulations to Jacopo and Sara, and welcome Emily! The role of grandparents plays an important foundation in human society. It frees up the parents either for a precious few …

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The Challenges of Abundance

Many of us barely realize, but the abundance that our society is able to provide is creating problems that we have to address, similarly to how we have addressed problems of scarcity in the past. The most fundamental scarcity or abundance that we know and recognize readily is that of food. Humanity’s history has been …

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Glorious Times

We live in glorious times. 1000 years from now people will look back and wonder: “How was it to live in the 21st century?” Did we realize what we were going through and how fundamental the decisions that we made would be seen in the future? There are unique moments in history that we recognize …

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We Are All on Mars

Isn’t it fantastic? We are all on Mars! Yes, you too! You cannot directly feel the wind of the thin atmosphere on your hand in the freezing temperature. You cannot feel the lack of oxygen by breathing in the carbon dioxide rich atmosphere or jump high under weak gravity at the red Sunrise over the …

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Elon Musk Is Jolting

What does it mean that Elon Musk is jolting? He understands that in order to reach the ambitious missions of his companies in time, exponential change is not enough anymore. To transition humanity to renewable energy before runaway climate change creates irreversible damage, Tesla must produce cars, solar systems, batteries, in such volumes, that it …

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Transhumanism

You are a transhuman. The very definition of the human condition is the necessity to adapt to change. In our current times the pace of change has accelerated, and technology is transforming our world, is transforming us ever more radically. If we didn’t change with technology, we would not survive. From cooking food with fire, …

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Have you ever inspired the greatest villain in history? I did, apparently

In 2010 when I organized the H+ Summit conference at Harvard University, together with my friend Alex Lightman, I would not have imagined that it would be a key event in the history of Inferno. Instead it seems that, according to the protagonists of the book, the villain of the story got his ideas at the conference. On Saturday, …

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The evolving human condition

Human technological civilization existed on the planet for ten thousand years, and has had an effect strong enough all around for this period to be called the Antropocene by Nobel Prize winning chemist Paul Krutzen. It is not exactly clear how people lived twenty or thirty thousand years ago, with idealistic views about communal sharing …

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We all feel fine – and it shows

We Feel Fine is an incredible display of the power of the web to transform the way we think about humanity. Emotions are among the most human of characteristics, and being able to see their power dynamically is astonishing. We Feel Fine is a website that analyses blog postings to search for those that contain …

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Joining the Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Board

I have been invited to join the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. The Lifeboat Foundation is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements while helping humanity survive existential risks and possible misuse of increasingly powerful technologies, including genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics/AI, as we move towards a technological singularity. It will …

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