Eric Haseltine: What will be the next big scientific breakthrough?
Eric Haseltine - Author, futurist, innovator
Eric Haseltine applies discoveries about the brain to innovation and forecasting game-changing advances in science and technology. Full bio
my passion for science.
that takes baby steps.
that takes enormous leaps.
that turns the world on its head.
about two ideas that might do this.
most are flat wrong,
seldom have the impact
two ideas in particular,
compulsively thorough doctor
soon after giving birth
at one of the clinics than at the other.
what the difference was that caused this,
until he happened to autopsy a doctor
to those of the mothers who were dying.
get the same thing as new mothers?
everything the doctor had done
that he'd been autopsying a corpse.
in his wound that killed him?
for any connection he could
and dead mothers in his delivery room,
with the high death rate,
after autopsying corpses in the morgue.
the doctors' hands
to sterilize their hands,
had discovered infectious disease.
thought he was crazy,
and had for hundreds of years,
called miasmas caused disease,
that you couldn't see.
for Frenchman Louis Pasteur
why milk and beer spoiled so often.
could kill people in exactly the same way
to talk about tonight, in two ideas.
that he was a revolutionary.
to a completely new world.
that bacteria killed people.
that people kept close to their heart.
Bacteria killed people.
I want to talk about tonight.
to a completely new universe,
to an entirely new world
were taking his brilliant inventions
for figuring out
to see finer and finer details
or ever could be seen.
going to understand how cells work,
150th the size of a head of a pin
called the law of physics,
is the thing called the diffraction limit.
when you go to a doctor's office,
no matter how good glasses you have.
figured out how to take a tiny molecule
the best microscope could see
are not so unbreakable after all."
in his friend's living room.
got different protein molecules
to turn very, very fuzzy blurs
of unprecedented and startling clarity.
with unprecedented detail
a better handle on things like cancer.
Betzig was satisfied there?
that he invented were just too slow.
if you take two very, very fine patterns
be able to see.
to taking a really blurry image of a cell
light patterns across it
we don't know what they're doing.
we'll have a better handle on life itself.
green globs that you see?
that protect other molecules
hijack those to infect cells.
wormlike things moving around?
also climb down those things
deep inside a cell,
of curing viral diseases like AIDS.
our eyes to a completely new world.
any cherished beliefs.
squirming with an interesting idea:
think he's a crackpot.
consequence of living.
what we call free radicals.
there is something called immortality:
into giant walking malignant tumors.
but could de Grey be on to something?
seeing him as a crackpot.
as a computer scientist,
in biology from Cambridge,
some very significant work
and a bunch of other stuff.
an antiaging foundation
seven different causes of aging,
of fixes for every single one of them.
is that our mitochondrial DNA mutates,
and our cells lose energy.
a convincing case,
is going to revolutionize our lifespans.
and most of us are not lobsters.
Darwins and Einsteins out there,
alive today than during Darwin's time.
alive today as Einstein.
in the population has skyrocketed,
that there's one of them out there
and I don't know about you,
About the speaker:Eric Haseltine - Author, futurist, innovator
Eric Haseltine applies discoveries about the brain to innovation and forecasting game-changing advances in science and technology.
Why you should listen
Dr. Eric Haseltine is a neuroscientist and futurist who has applied a brain-centered approach to help organizations in aerospace, entertainment, healthcare, consumer products and national security transform and innovate. He is the author of Long Fuse, Big Bang: Achieving Long-Term Success Through Daily Victories. For five years, he wrote a monthly column on the brain for Discover magazine and is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today's web site, where his popular blog on the brain has garnered over 800,000 views. Haseltine received the Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award from the Society of Psychologists in Management and has published 41 patents and patent applications in optics, media and entertainment technology.
In 1992 he joined Walt Disney Imagineering to help found the Virtual Reality Studio, which he ultimately ran until his departure from Disney in 2002. When he left Disney, Haseltine was executive vice president of Imagineering and head of R&D for the entire Disney Corporation, including film, television, theme parks, Internet and consumer products.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Eric joined the National Security Agency to run its Research Directorate. Three years later, he was promoted to associate of director of National Intelligence, where he oversaw all science and technology efforts within the United States Intelligence Community as well as fostering development innovative new technologies for countering cyber threats and terrorism. For his work on counter-terrorism technologies, he received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2007.
Haseltine serves on numerous boards, and is an active consultant, speaker and writer. Over the past three years, he has focused heavily on developing innovation strategies and consumer applications for the Internet of Things, virtual reality and augmented reality.
Haseltine continues to do basic research in neuroscience, with his most recent publications focusing on the mind-body health connection and exploitation of big-data to uncover subtle, but important trends in mental and physical health.
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