Andrew Hessel on Singularity 1 on 1: Don’t Fear Synthetic Biology

by Socrates on January 22, 2011

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.

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  • Paul Victor Vazquez

    What was that book he recommended?

  • Socrates

    I believe it is

  • Mark Bruce

    Thanks for this Nikola.
    I’ve been keeping an eye out on Pink Army for a while, have been on their mailing list, and revisited them in more detail last week.
    I finally registered to become a member while this Podcast was playing :)

  • Socrates

    Happy you like it Mark and no problem at all - I really enjoy doing the blog and interviewing relevant scientists, artists, singularitarians, transhumanists and critics ;-)

  • Socrates

    Paul, I just heard back from Andrew Hessel and the book he was referring to is called “Homo Evolutis”. Unfortunately, however, I was not able to find it on Amazon… I suspect it may have to do with Juan’s TED presentation that you can watch by clicking this link: Juan Enriquez at TED: Homo Evolutis is the Ultimate Reboot

  • Socrates

    Hey Paul,I just discovered that the book is actually available for $2.99 if you have an Amazon Kindle e-reader: Homo Evolutis (Kindle Single)

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