“We’re in the grip of a global pandemic, and it’s squeezing us into an unfamiliar, but not entirely new, shape. So, is it all bad?”

The globe is in the midst of a viral pandemic. Economies are going belly-up, trickling to a halt, while economists speculate that a recession is coming—or is it already here? Many will lose their livelihoods. Others will suffer even more. Grim enough for you? But when the dust clears and the human species crawls out after months of hibernation and a severely restricted lifestyle, what will our future look like?

Technology Futurist, Geopolitics Specialist, and Sci-Fi Novelist Dr Jamie Metzl is here to tell you.


A sought-out expert with an impressively large range of knowledge, Jamie is an influential communicator in topics as varied as human genome editing, extending our lifespans, the ethics of our technology, technological advancement, and virtual reality. With a keen eye on Asia, his insights into Asian economic and political issues are also in high demand. Jamie’s writing is consistently featured in the world’s most popular publications. Oh, and he’s a regular contributor on CNN, BBC, and Bloomberg—to name just a few.

Boasting an impressive resume that features tenures as a Chief Strategy Officer in a biotechnology company, and as a partner in a global investment firm, Jamie has also lent his expertise to the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Security Council, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the United Nations. No. Big. Deal


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As part of Think Inc.’s Outside The Box series, Jamie delved into topics like: What is our future after the pandemic? Why did some Asian countries respond quicker, more effectively against a viral threat? And how to inoculate the world against the crises to come through an informed and educated global citizenry.

Anything but a one trick pony, Jamie’s most fascinating experience lies in unlocking human potential. What’s on the table? A lot: CRISPR, genetic engineering, human enhancement, microbiology, bioethics. Will we be able to digitise and upload our consciousness to the cloud à la Ray Kurzweil? And, from his book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity, Jamie will cover how genetic engineering is set to revolutionise the core foundations of our lives — sex, war, love, and death.

What’s next for the humble human species? Listen today to Think Inc.’s, Outside The Box event, ‘Hacking the Coronavirus: The Future of Our World’ with Dr Jamie Metzl.

The event was hosted by Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61. He is the author of the book 2062: The World that AI Made and he is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. Toby has been a leading voice in the discussion about autonomous weapons, speaking at the UN in both New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science and recipient of the NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Engineering and ICT.

This event consisted of a 30-minute presentation by Jamie, followed by a 30-minute fireside chat with the event host Toby Walsh, and a 30-minute Q&A session.


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