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Juan Enriquez Explores Post-Humanism and Being Human in the Next Century

Juan Enriquez Explores Post-Humanism and Being Human in the Next Century

In his session titled “The Evolution of Humans in the Next Century”, Enriquez told a riveted audience about a new world order where humans would be able to shape not only their environments, but also themselves and other species. “Half of life on earth is not a result of natural selection. We designed it that way  - it is not nature choosing,” he explained. “For example, we have been engineering crop and breeding animals for a very long time, and we are now at a point in time where we will be starting to engineer our own bodies.”

Pointing to the speed of progress and innovation in bio-sciences in particular, he observed that “our ability to edit genomics and life forms is becoming very sophisticated, very quickly.”

He also examined where the next stage of evolution for humanity will come from, identifying computer sciences, artificial intelligence and biosciences as sectors set to drive this change as well as undergo drastic change as a result.

In addition, he forecast the direction in which post-humanism should take humanity, and said: “At heart, we are explorers. We are not adapted to life in space, and there was no evolutionary pressure for us to adapt to it. We have to take control of evolution to become space travelers and ensure we are fit to leave the solar system if we want our species to survive.”

Juan Enriquez is co-founder of Synthetic Genomics Inc., and Managing Director of Excel Venture Management. An active investor in early-stage private companies in the life sciences sector, Enriquez virtually lives in the future and works on the cutting-edge of discovery. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic research.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the World Government Summit 2018 runs from February 11 to 13 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The landmark event convenes more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and governments, as well as top-tier representatives of 16 international organizations.

Hosting more than 130 speakers across 120 interactive sessions, WGS 2018 features six distinct forums that examine the challenges of vital sectors for the future with a view to finding the best resolutions for the greater global good. Furthermore, over 20 specialized global reports spanning key sectors and topics of the summit will be launched throughout the duration of the event.