CRISPR, AI & Brain-Machine Interface: The Future Is Faster Than You Think, Peter Diamandis

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Emerging technologies have unprecedented potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Among the most powerful — and controversial — is the gene-editing tech, CRISPR-Cas9, which will improve agricultural yields, cure genetic disorders, and eradicate infectious diseases like malaria. But CRISPR and other disruptive technologies, like brain-machine interfaces and artificial intelligence, also pose complex philosophical and ethical questions. Perhaps no one is better acquainted with these questions than Peter Diamandis, founder of the XPRIZE Foundation and co-founder of Singularity University and Human Longevity Inc. In this session, Peter will give a state of the union on the near future and explore the profound ethical implications we will face in the ongoing technological revolution.

This talk was recorded at Summit LA19.

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Leo Madrid says:

I just completed an XPRIZE competition with a computer with advanced brain/machine interface.

Vlasko60 says:

I am betting that most who complain about A.I. also willingly carry around the latest technology and have it in their homes.

Vlasko60 says:

This guy is inspiring. I am more hopeful than worried.

Richard Nunziata says:

Development of nations follow much the same as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

B Ntagkas says:

theres a problem with the have-have not and the floor/superhaves, that is the perception that you are poor causes you to be mentally ill, and the beauty of it is its relative, if back then you had a pretty stick and i had an ugly stick, i was poor and i felt it, and in some cases i became sick from it. now, where people more and more see and feel the superhaves, they see and feel more and more they are soooo poor relative to them, and that makes them feel helpless and sick.proof of what im saying is that technically the people who are living at or below minimum wage have insanely more goods and more technology that people thousands of years ago, but they feel like shit and in many cases sick, which people back then did not feel. why is that? as i said, its the perception of relative power and wealth. so the more the superhaves increase their wealth more than the floor rises, as they have been and are doing, the more people will feel defeated and mentally ill.
you can help solve this problem with proper taxation and things like UBI will be of paramount importance, without them the majority of people will be literally fucked.

Richard Nunziata says:

We don't need more people on earth we need more educated people.

Drygord Spellweaver says:

This guy literally has “demon” in his last name

Michael Hagen says:

We should have a fleet of a 1000 drones ready at any moment to put out a fire. And have infrared scanners on cell towers to detect the fires

33 says:

Lol the ancient intelligence question 🤣😂

Marc Mork says:


Alice Macali says:

Exposing an example of ethical&moral scientific advancement without picking weapons

Ricky Bloss says:

Why not just eat plant protein?

TJ Tampa says:

Such baloney. Solve any problem. Greed and pride and lust remain as is evidenced by why there are still serious problems. Ask, Who's is charge? Why didn't they use their TOOL to solve it? 🙄 The game is the same but on a different level.

The Official Cyber Monkeys says:

People forget how unrealistic most the sci-fi shows and movies like Star Wars and trek have been for us growing up showing technology evolving around humans but both are going to happen. Humans will evolve into something else will need to in order to travel the stars. Our bodies and our emotions are fragile and can be improved upon!!!!

John Marshall says:

I'm afraid I have to side with many of the other comments I've read about this presentation. I see a potential 'used cars salesman' wowing the audience with technologies that he himself has only a very rudimentary understanding for at best yet he presumes to predict their future applications toward an overwhelming bias for the positive benefit of humanity. The clincher for me was the insinuation of a 'hive mind' as an obvious nirvana for the 'collective' human family. That and his admission of having no problem with an enormous wealth gap as long as the 'floor' is raised, combined with an unyielding pervasive theme of techno profiteering, raised a number of red flags for me. Do not misunderstand me. I am not anti technology or anti-capitalism. I am conditionally pro technology research and development under the prodigious peer supervision and oversight of the best minds in their respective fields and conditionally pro-capitalism mitigated by a significant dose of socialism (no one argues the need to arrest bank robbers). There is a fine line between just unilaterally opening the research flood gates and meting research while engaging the necessary ethical and moral filters. While the point of Peter's 1000-year old 'heart transplant' analogy was not completely lost on me, it also does not lead me to automatically conclude that all technology will eventually pass ethical muster just given that enough time has been allowed to elapse. If history has taught us anything, it's that technology is often a two sided coin and that the human greed factor almost invariably means unethical applications that lead to human and environmental harm are inevitable. Oversight is not easy or fun, but it is unfortunately very necessary.

Ben Ramsey's Channel says:

The big question is “if AI becomes capable outperforming humans on every level then what value would humans have in a society like that? Why would we be needed en masse?”

Dante says:

If you alter genetic code to remove illnesses n genetic diseases, wouldn't you have to keep doing so for the lineage as natural genetic traits are still being passed down? Leading to a devolution of humanity overall

dystoniaify says:

Technology COULD be used just for good. Some of it will.. Look at the research by Alison McDowell for the dark side of putting the poor and children on the block chain. The poor will have to jump through hoops and be controlled in order to enjoy any possible benefits from the 4th industrial revolution.

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