Steve Kroft profiles famous microbiologist J. Craig Venter, whose scientists have already mapped the human genome and created what he calls "the first synthetic species."
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J. Craig Venter, one of the most distinguished geneticists of our time, interviewed about his controversial work sequencing the human genome and creating artificial life.
Is it a mistake to use the events of the recent past as a method of predicting the future?
Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion.
You predict we'll reach a point with artificial intelligence that you call the singularity. How will that affect us?
Adeo Ressi’s incubator the Founder Institute is expanding to its fourth continent, South America, with new local chapters opening in Bogata, Colombia in April and Santiago, Chile in September. Closer to home, the Founder Institute is also opening a new chapter in San Francisco, due to increasing Bay Area demand. This will allow the incubator to run four semesters a year in Silicon Valley, graduating more than 100 local companies.
In 1957, the Soviets beat the Americans into space by launching the world's first orbiting satellite. For Americans, the so-called "Sputnik moment" was a wake-up call that pushed the United States to increase investment in technology and science education. Months later, the United States launched the Explorer 1 satellite, and the space race was on. Children were encouraged to study math and science, and American know-how helped the U.S. meet the challenge.
Its North American sales prospects remain as nebulous as New Delhi’s evening smog, but the Tata Nano has made some notable stateside cameos: at the Detroit Science Center during that city’s 2010 auto show; at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum shortly thereafter; and now, as the marquee attraction at a Cornell University exhibition in Ithaca, N.Y. — albeit in heavily modified form.
Google Inc. surprised the technology world by naming co-founder Larry Page to replace longtime Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, the biggest management shake-up since the Internet search giant was an obscure California start-up.