Richard Worzel - Futurist - Speaker - Consultant
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Biotechnology, Genetics, & Nanotechnology

The Biosciences Century

The remarkable emergence of Information Technologies in the second half of the 20th Century will pale in comparison to the revolution now underway in the biosciences, with its implications for everyday life. Humanity's newfound understanding of how life works is opening possibilities in health care, new pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, bionics, and evidence-based medicine that will increase life expectancy, extend life span, and improve the quality of life. Meanwhile, new techniques, such as genetic programming - a new form of machine-learning based on the techniques of natural evolution - are dramatically increasing the odds of success with new pharmaceutical research while driving down costs, and assisting in the emergence of personalized medicine. But the biosciences revolution is going to extend well beyond health care, encompassing new breakthroughs in environmental management, manufacturing, nanotechnology, and computing that are unlike anything that has come before. We will look back 10 years from now and marvel at the breakthroughs. We will look back 20 years from now with astonishment at how much has changed, and how quickly. This stirring and disturbing keynote surveys tomorrow's landscape in the most radical, and rapidly changing, scientific revolution in history.

Preparing for Our Bio-Based Future

The industrial biotech industry is like a skier perched at the top of a long, unknown, dangerous, and exhilarating downhill run: we can feel the adrenaline pumping, and we're looking forward to the trip, but we're mindful of the hazards below. Richard Worzel, one of North America's leading futurists, will survey the trip ahead of us, identifying and discussing how techniques are likely to change, some of the principal technical challenges ahead, and the dangers presented by public opinion, regulation, governments, and the need for financing. He will also present a vision for the next 20 years in biotech, where it needs to go, and how it can benefit society and innovators alike.

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