Today I am very happy to have Andrew Hessel as my guest on Singularity 1 on 1. (As always, you can listen to or download the audio interview above, or scroll down and watch the video recording in full.)
During the interview Andrew shares his truly infectious passion about synthetic biology and the unique opportunities that lie ahead of the budding first generation of DIY bio-hackers.
We also discuss a variety of other interesting issues such as the singularity, religion, the promise of personalized medicine as cancer treatment, the risks and benefits of open-source synthetic-biology and the fact that biology is a dual-use technology.
I have to admit that I was so infected by Andrew’s passion and his unique, open-source approach that I couldn’t help it but buy a 20 dollar share in the Pink Army Cooperative.
Who is Andrew Hessel?
Andrew Hessel co-chairs the Bioinformatics and Biotechnology track at the Singularity University, an institution founded by futurist Ray Kurzweil and X Prize Foundation CEO Peter Diamandis, with sponsorship from world-leading organizations that include Google, Autodesk, and NASA. He is also the founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, a venture exploring open source personalized cancer therapies. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Futurist Magazine, H+, and Wired News.
- Andrew Hessel: An Introduction to Synthetic Biology
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- Juan Enriquez at TED: Homo Evolutis is the Ultimate Reboot
- Synthetic Biology Breakthrough: Programming Life on Your Computer Screen
- Synthetic Life Video Presentation
- Miracle Cure? A Decade of the Human Genome (full documentary)