Thomas Frey

Demonstrating Futurist Thinking

with Thomas Frey

Demonstrating Futurist Thinking

with Thomas Frey

Thomas Frey

Thomas Frey is who you will undoubtedly find when you do a Google search on “futurist speaker”. Having shared the stage with many A-listers, Frey has earned that moniker. But his true skill demonstrated repeatedly in this week’s episode is taking an event or innovation and the extrapolating the future. In this episode we see him do that in real time. It’s a unique glimpse into the futurist process.  @thomasfrey

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Andrew Hessel is a micro-biologist and geneticist and entrepreur. He founded the Pink Army Cooperative (Crowdsourced Therapeutics for Breast Cancer), and Humane Genomics Inc (Artificial Virus Platform), he was a Distinguished Researcher at Autodesk Life Sciences. Hessel is co-chair of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology at Singularity University, and a fellow at the Institute for Science, Society, and Policy at the University of Ottawa. he co-founded Miikana Therapeutics, a clinical-stage drug development company. He has also been involved in Genome Project-Write since the start in 2016 and is currently Chairman of the Board and Co-Executive Director.

Synthetic biology is a field of science that involves redesigning organisms for useful purposes by engineering them to have new abilities.

DNA seen through the eyes of a coder , The language of DNA is digital, but not binary. Where binary encoding has 0 and 1 to work with (2 – hence the ‘bi’nary), DNA has 4 positions, T, C, G and A. Whereas a digital byte is mostly 8 binary digits, a DNA ‘byte’ (called a ‘codon’) has three digits.

2022 Book co written with Amy Webb – The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology Synthetic biology will revolutionize how we define family, how we identify disease and treat aging, where we make our homes, and how we nourish ourselves. This fast-growing field—which uses computers to modify or rewrite genetic code—has created revolutionary, groundbreaking solutions such as the mRNA COVID vaccines, IVF, and lab-grown hamburger that tastes like the real thing. It gives us options to deal with existential threats: climate change, food insecurity, and access to fuel. But there are significant risks.

History of mRNA vaccines

CRISPR gene editing  is a genetic engineering technique in molecular biology by which the genomes of living organisms may be modified.

DNA sequencing is a laboratory technique used to determine the exact sequence of bases (A, C, G, and T) in a DNA molecule.

Spike proteins are membrane proteins with typically large external ectodomains, a single transmembrane domain that anchors the protein in the viral envelope, and a short tail in the interior of the virio

Gene therapy is a medical field which focuses on the genetic modification of cells to produce a therapeutic effect[1] or the treatment of disease by repairing or reconstructing defective genetic material.

Genome engineering, or gene editing, is a type of genetic engineering in which DNA is inserted, deleted, modified or replaced in the genome of a living organism. Unlike early genetic engineering techniques that randomly inserts genetic material into a host genome, genome editing targets the insertions to site specific locations.

Virotherapy is a treatment using biotechnology to convert viruses into therapeutic agents by reprogramming viruses to treat diseases. 

Oncolytic viruses are a form of immunotherapy that uses viruses to infect and destroy cancer cells. Viruses are particles that infect or enter our cells and then use the cell’s genetic machinery to make copies of themselves and subsequently spread to surrounding uninfected cells.

Many transhumanists see genome editing as a potential tool for human enhancement.

Human Enhancement Ethics

Agricultural biotechnology is a collection of scientific techniques used to improve plants, animals and microorganisms. Based on an understanding of DNA, scientists have developed solutions to increase agricultural productivity.

bioengineering of yeasts to function as microfactories for the production of relevant compounds such as pharmaceuticals, biofuels, fine chemicals, or proteins.

Bioengineering Algae for Fuels

Biosynthetics: When Synthetic Doesn’t Mean Plastic

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is a worldwide synthetic biology competition that was initially aimed at undergraduate university students, but has since expanded to include divisions for high school students, entrepreneurs, and community laboratories, as well as ‘overgraduates’.


YouTube Chapters are created in YT and the link to them can be found in the YT description of each episode video and then pasted in here 


See example from  episode 3 below

02:02 Where did the term Super Forecasting come from

04:00 Why weren’t the intelligence community able to foresee 911

04:25 Who is Prof Philip Tetlock Author of expert political judgment

05:45 What is the good Judgement Project

06:11  Why can experts be bad at predicting the future

07:04 What makes a good futurists or Super Forecaster

10:21 Understanding human behaviour when making predictions

10:44 Hybrid decision making withs human and artificial intelligence

12:32 The importance of historical base rates for forecasting 

16:15 Why temporal scope is critical to forecasting

20:22 Forecasting starts with systemic inductive reasoning

25:00 Expertise can lead to blindspots when forecasting

25:44 Why do experts get things so wrong