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A century ago, innovations in physics came together with engineering to produce an astonishing array of new technologies: radios, telephones, televisions, planes, radar, nuclear power, computers, GPS systems, the Internet, and more. These technologies so reshaped our world that we now can’t conceive of life without them. Today we’re on the cusp of a new convergence—between biology and engineering—that has the potential to be every bit as revolutionary.

In this webinar—the third in the “Women in Science” series co-hosted by GEN and the Rosalind Franklin Society—renowned neuroscientist Dr. Susan Hockfield, who served as president of MIT from 2004–2012, will share her views of the future that she lays out in her recent book, The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution.

Dr. Hockfield will assess several breathtaking new technologies, such as virus-built batteries, protein-based water filters, cancer-diagnosing nanoparticles, mind-reading bionic limbs, and computer-engineered crops. The development of these technologies, as Dr. Hockfield notes, is the scientific story of the 21st century—one that holds the promise of overcoming some of the greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges of our time.

Susan Hockfield, PhD

Susan Hockfield PhD
President Emerita
Professor of Neuroscience
Member of the Koch Institute for
Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

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