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Discussion of “The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology”

July 26, 2023 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Free

For our July monthly online discussion, SXSW Co-President & Chief Programming Officer, Hugh Forrest, will lead us in a conversation about synthetic biology, genetic engineering, and how these advancements will affect our lives.

Amy Webb’s and Andrew Hessel’s book The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology, acts as our springboard as we dive into this field and how computers are used to rewrite genetic code. This advancement opens a world of opportunities, ranging from growing hamburger meat in a lab to creating vaccines for COVID. While hamburger patties are small in the scheme of life, the technology behind it can lengthen lives, as it will be an essential part in eradicating some of humans’ greatest threats, such as food insecurity, climate change, and disease on a much grander scale. A longer, healthier life is something anyone can get excited about, but genetic engineering comes with risks as large as biological wars and extinctions. Join us as we explore the implications this has on the infrastructure of society (good and bad) and how we may avoid the risks that come with redesigning life.

We encourage attendees to read the book Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology, as it will foster richer, more in-depth conversations. Reading the book is not a requirement to participate in the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Details

Date:
July 26, 2023
Time:
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.austinforum.org/july-26-2023.html

Organizer

Austin Forum on Technology & Society
Email
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Venue

Online via zoom
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