9:30 – Missed Michael Vassar‘s talk.
9:50 – Gregory Stock is talking. He is skeptical about progress in the bio realm. He says that the FDA is a damper on progress, but he also says that there are difficult problems. He brings up Alzheimer’s as an example. I think he is underestimating the power of info tech to change the way we do bio-science. Having read/write access to DNA, plus “in-silico” simulations will change the game.
Now he is talking about Silicon and saying that the complexity of computers rivals that of life. And now he is talking about the rapid exponential progress in DNA technology. As far as I understand, he is worried that we will create new life forms that will supersede humans. He is saying that human evolution is “not exponential”. I think he means that it’s a very slow exponential compared to tech.
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