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Jamie Metzl        

Technology & Healthcare Futurist; Sci-Fi Novelist; Geopolitical Expert

Jamie Metzl is a leading technology and healthcare futurist and author of the bestselling book, “Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity”.

In 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Metzl is a faculty member of Singularity University Exponential Medicine, a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, and Founder and Chair of the global social movement, OneShared World.

Called “the original COVID-19 whistleblower,” his leading role advocating for a full investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic has been featured in 60 Minutes, the New York Times, and most major media across the globe. Metzl previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee and with the United Nations in Cambodia.

Metzl appears regularly on national and international media and his syndicated columns and other writing in science, technology, and global affairs are featured in publications around the world. In addition to “Hacking Darwin”, he is author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel “The Depths of the Sea”, and the genetics sci-fi thrillers “Genesis Code” and “Eternal Sonata”

He holds a Ph.D. from Oxford, a law degree from Harvard, and an undergraduate degree from Brown and is an avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathon runner.

Speech Topics

From Precision to Predictive: How the Intersecting Revolutions in AI, Genetics, and Biotechnology are Transforming Healthcare, Spurring Economic Growth, and Reshaping our Lives

Rapidly accelerating revolutions in artificial intelligence, applied genetics, and biotechnology are now ushering in a new era in how healthcare is delivered and the business models around it. While this creates previously unimaginable opportunities to prevent, treat, and cure diseases, it also has the potential to pose new challenges if not handled properly. In this highly illuminative talk, leading futurist Jamie Metzl explores how genetic and other technologies are transforming healthcare, where things are headed and what is at stake, and lays out key principles for how health industry professionals, investors, and the business community can prepare for a revolution that has far greater implications and is coming far sooner than most people recognize.

Hacking immortality: The science and science fiction of extreme human life extension

In this exciting talk, Jamie Metzl explores the latest technological breakthroughs in the science of human life extension and their implications on the personal and societal levels. While the quest for immortality has been the stuff of fairy tales, the new science of life extension is very real and will soon be pushing the limits of aging and unlocking human potential. Jamie, a rare combination of science expert and science fiction writer, brings the science to life and explains what people can and should be doing now to prepare for this revolutionary future that will fundamentally reorganize modern societies and have monumental implications for businesses and other organizations.

Homo Sapiens 2.0: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Humanity

After four billion years of evolution through the Darwinian principles of random mutation and natural selection, our species is about to take control of our evolution. The genetic revolution will allow us to eliminate genetic diseases which have plagued our ancestors for millennia, live longer healthier lives, and transform how we make babies and ultimately the nature of the babies we make. The genetics revolution will be the greatest opportunity of our era, and also the greatest challenge – and it will have massive business implications that will increasingly define organizational success and failure in the 21st century.

Human Resource Management in a Genetic Age

Corporations have struggled for decades to build open and inclusive workplaces comfortable to people of all races, nationalities, genders, ages, and sexual orientations. In the fast-arriving genetic age, companies will need to figure out such issues as whether to cover embryo selection and embryonic genetic engineering for employees and how to deal with genetic IQ estimates derived before birth from the sequenced genomes of potential employees. While this may seem like science fiction, the beginnings of this future are already here. Today’s debate about whether or not companies should cover egg freezing expenses for female employees is only a first step in a genome-based transformation that will alter our perception of workforce capabilities and potentials and challenge even the most forward-thinking of corporations.

What You Need to Know About the Future

Converging political, geopolitical, and technological revolutions are making now the greatest moment of global change at least since 1945 and possibly ever. With nationalism rising around the world, the post-war international order in rapid decline, China significantly expanding its global influence, and the AI, genetics, blockchain, and other revolutions shaking the foundations of the world we’ve known, the pressure is mounting for individuals, companies, and countries to either understand and quickly adapt to these converging super-trends or pay a massive competitive price. In this talk spanning the wide range of factors transforming our world at lightning speed, geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl paints a vivid picture of where we are heading and outlines key principles for how individuals, companies, and countries can best position themselves to ride the rising tidal wave of revolutionary change.


Human Success in the AI Age
NEW YORK – Everywhere we look nowadays, we find warnings that artificial-intelligence algorithms are coming for our jobs. While Goldman Sachs estimates that two-thirds of all current jobs in the United States and Europe could be “exposed to some degree of AI automation” in the coming years, a report from Pew Research Center puts the figure at closer to one-fifth – with a special emphasis on jobs requiring a college education.
The Future, According to Jamie Metzl
At the highest levels of business and government, his counsel is sought on matters of science, technology, medicine, ethics, politics and history. Jamie Metzl has advised Walmart, a slew of biotech startups, and the World Health Organization. He served on the White House National Security Council and as an executive of the Asia Society. He led public discussion about the origins of the COVID-19 virus and founded an international movement to help address the world’s collective-action problem.
The Metaverse Could Become an Oppressive Dystopia. It Needs a Congress | Opinion
Facebook's recent announcement that it had changed its name to Meta in anticipation of the two-dimensional internet morphing into an immersive 3-D Metaverse has unleashed a boom in speculation about our digital future, along with investor interest. While no one can yet know exactly what the Metaverse will be, it's already clear that our personal and professional lives will increasingly be lived in interactive and communal virtual spaces that will sometimes feel more like multi-player video games than like searching today's web. But if we want to make sure our security, integrity, and freedom will be protected in these new worlds, we've got a lot of work to do.
Seven essential steps for thriving in our new world of social distance ...
Jamie Metzl writes that while most of us have already taken big steps away from physical proximity as the core of our human intimacy, the social distancing ...

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