transforming humans - CRISPR and Artificial Intelligence at the fore this week. Also Tom Hanks - author?

Riaz has spent 20 years in marketing tech - creating a global video advertising network, launching th
transforming humans - CRISPR and Artificial Intelligence at the fore this week. Also Tom Hanks - author?
By Connected Paths (Riaz Kanani) • Issue #6 • View online
Riaz has spent 20 years in marketing tech - creating a global video advertising network, launching the first cinematic release of a movie online and scaling Silverpop’s marketing operations internationally. More here.
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#biotech
CRISPR changes everything so if you haven’t heard of it yet, you should read more about it here. It will transform the way we live - making it possible to remove hereditary diseases. This is not very controversial, but it also makes possible things like altering eye colour and intelligence. Much more controversial and society changing. If you have not seen Gattaca, it is worth a watch - it focuses on the negative aspects of how this can affect a society.
Whenever anything like this appears, it is rare that it gets handed over for society to use for free. Too much money is involved! Sure enough last week saw a ruling over who owns the patents with two different groups battling it out - UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute (Harvard and MIT). The ruling was not really definitive with both claiming victory and seemingly leaving a way to get around them over time. There is also a bid to open up the patent so that anyone can take advantage in a similar way to some patents in the mobile phone industry.
Surprisingly, politicians in the EU have already been weighing up the impact of this (and Artificial Intelligence/robotics) to the extent they are already considering restrictions. Balancing innovation and regulation is a difficult balancing act.
#artificial intelligence
At The World Economic Forum in Davos, Sergey Brin was interviewed on artificial intelligence inside X - the group within Google looking for big breakthroughs or moonshots. He didn’t see it coming and regularly ignored the team working on it due to the history of failure within AI over the decades. Worth a watch though.
With Artificial Intelligence and Robotics potentially creating disruption in the workforce similar to the Industrial Revolution, Bill Gates recently suggested taxing robots in a similar way to workers so as to slow down the rate of adoption to allow for communities to keep up with the pace of change. 
It is not a surprise that there is a counter view to this protectionist approach with James Bessen, an economist at Boston University saying that whilst funds for retraining will be required, more (tax) revenue will be generated without taxing robots, as automation will itself create more jobs. I’m yet to see any research with real numbers yet though and it doesn’t take a genius to know it is never so black and white.
For all the worry about artificial intelligence today, it still has a long way to go though. McKinsey looked at how robots shape up to humans today.
One place you might not expect artificial intelligence to be used is in writing the news.. oh dear.
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images
Finally - if there is one group who are going to have to invest in combating artificial intelligence, it is the casinos. When the Russians banned gambling, slot machines hit the market in spades and got picked up by criminal gangs who figured out how to game the system without interfering with the hardware. Worth a read.
#books!
David Trott and his newest book One Plus One Equals Three: A Masterclass in Creative Thinking came up in conversation this week and comes highly recommended. Added to my books to read list.
 ‘Chiselling words’ … Tom Hanks. Photograph: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage
‘Chiselling words’ … Tom Hanks. Photograph: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage
No less than Tom Hanks is getting into the book writing game with a set of 17 short stories coming out in October. Read more about them here. He started on the project back in 2014 after penning Alan Bean Plus Four which you can read here.
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