Eric Lander’s great new podcast Brave New Planet

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Utopia or dystopia? Between the promises of powerful new technologies like AI and the challenges of major problems like climate change, disinformation at scale, and wealth concentration, how we get to the future we want is a question I spend a lot of time thinking about these days.

It’s also the subject of Eric Lander’s great new podcast, “Brave New Planet,” which features conversations we all should be having to ensure that science broadly benefits society.

As a pioneer in the field of human genome sequencing and the president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Eric has made it his life’s work to pursue scientific breakthroughs that improve the world at scale. But as he writes in a recent op-ed for the Boston Globe, he also recognizes we’re in the midst of an era where “just when we need science most, the compact between science and society has become dangerously frayed.”

In a highly polarized and politicized world, we must do more to re-establish what Eric describes as the fundamentals of science: Namely, “that truth comes from evidence, not authority; from honesty, not advocacy.”

Part of that process means having candid, evidence-driven discourse about the positive and negative impacts new technologies may have on society. That’s the domain of Brave New Planet, and I was pleased to participate as a guest in two of the podcast’s upcoming episodes.

The first one is Episode 2 of Brave New Planet’s first season – “Deepfakes and (Read more…)