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Hacking immortality: The science and science fiction of extreme human life extension
February 9, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Jamie Metzl’s new novel, “Eternal Sonata,” imagines a future global struggle to control the science of extreme human life extension. Futurist Ray Kurzweil calls it “A brilliant exploration of the many challenges and opportunities our species will face as the exponential growth of real-world technology moves us toward immortality.” Metzl will discuss his book and address the audience in Vail about how he blends science and science fiction, using an artistic premise to tackle the onslaught of hypotheticals stemming from very real breakthroughs in genetic enhancement and human life extension. Metzl is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, novelist, blogger, syndicated columnist, media commentator, and expert in Asian affairs and biotechnology policy. He is author of the novels Eternal Sonata, Genesis Code and The Depths of the Sea. He is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council and has served in the US National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, and with the United Nations in Cambodia.