5 Scientific Presentations that will Blow your Mind

When innovation meets technology, things like Facebook and Google happen. When Science is also thrown into the mix, we are destined to get something truly remarkable. For this series of presentations, we’d like to show you some of those groundbreaking, mind-boggling and futuristic ideas that struck a chord with us.

Kevin Slavin – How Algorithms Shape our World

This thought-provoking talk by Kevin Slavin delves into how modern algorithms determine everything from stock prices, espionage tactics, to the types of movies you watch. He questions our growing dependence on complex algorithms to manage our daily decisions and asks the poignant question: ‘when do we start to lose control?’

Juan Enriquez – The Next Species of Human

Juan Enriquez took to the stage at the height of the global financial crisis, telling the audience: The world-changing reboot is still to come. Juan touches on topics such as growing human teeth, regrowing ears for injured soldiers and turning regular cells in stem cells. His dry sense of humour takes this fascinating talk to the next level.

Anthony Atala – Printing a Human Kidney

Surgeon Anthony Atala brings us into the world of early-stage 3D printing that uses living cells to build a transplantable kidney. Whilst we have not reached the point where this is being used in modern-day medicine, Dr. Atala introduces us on-stage to his patient, Luke Mastella, who was the recipient of an engineered bladder 10 years ago.

Lucy McRae – How can technology transform the human body?

Lucy McRae is a body architect and might be one of the most interesting forward thinkers you will meet. She is constantly looking at ways to combine the fields of  biology and technology in our own being. Her photographs are spectacular and she tells us about a pill she is working on that when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume.

Ellen Jorgensen – Biohacking – You Can Do it, Too

Biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues are the founders of Genspace, which is a nonprofit DIY bio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science. Essentially, its where amateurs can go to dabble with biotechnology. Her talk opens us up to the question, why can’t biotech be accessible? and if it is accessible, what sort of innovation will follow as a result?