GM and Lift Team Up for Robot Taxi Service

January 4, 2016: Read article in IEEE Spectrum. General Motors has made a significant investment in a new partnership with Lyft intended to develop a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles without the need for human drivers. The benefits of driverless taxis could include a reduction in traffic, an increase in safety, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. See also: Robot taxis Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 82%...

TED Talk: How to Read the Genome and Build a Human Being

February 2016: Watch video on Ted.com. Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and even facial structure — all from a vial of blood. And soon, Sabatini says, our new understanding of the genome will allow us to personalize treatments for diseases like cancer. We have the power to change life as we know it. How will we use...

Podcast: The Altered State

July 13, 2016. Listen on Soundcloud. This podcast from “Flash Forward” explores the physical and ethical reasons for and against legalizing various pharmaceutical products, including performance enhancing drugs and illegal drugs such as marijuana and...

Hacking Nerves Can Control Disease

August 1, 2015. Read article in BBC News. Galvani Bioelectronics is currently developing a new treatment for a range of diseases that entails controlling the volume of neural signals using implanted electrodes. According to Verily Chief Technology Officer Brian Otis, “Bioelectronic medicine is a new area of therapeutic exploration, and we know that success will require the confluence of deep disease biology expertise and new highly miniaturized...