Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species

A time capsule for our future selves

We now have the tools to transform ourselves and our species. Greater health and longevity, enhanced brains, and engineered fertility are in the works. What’s just over the horizon is even more astonishing. We call this the neobiological frontier.

Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species is a collection of 25 essays, interviews, and works of fiction and art offering a big-picture perspective on the profound changes made possible by the merging of biology and technology. The book brings together today's smartest and most creative inventors, thinkers, and scientists to tell us their vision of the future.

Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species



Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species covers daring, inventive, and thoughtful ideas explored through great reporting and writing, and wrapped in beautiful design. It’s not a technical manuscript or a treatise on bioethics. It’s written in layman’s terms, geared toward a general audience of people, like you, who care about our legacy and the world we’re building.

It is not only a vibrant addition to your coffee table, office, or waiting room. It’s a compelling foundation for the discussions we’ll be having about these technologies for years to come.

-Meet George Church, one of the most prodigious bioengineers of our time, in conversation with science fiction author Ramez Naam. George maintains a list of genes that could be edited to make humans healthier or more suited to future environmental conditions.

-Wonder with author, futurist, and investor Juan Enriquez, who has been thinking and writing about self-directed evolution for a long time. In his creative brief, he imagines a future with a far greater diversity of human species, and suggests we have a lot of work to do before that happens.

-Hear from Oshiorenoya (Osh) Agabi, the Swiss Nigerian roboticist/neuroscientist who's built a brain on a chip, literally blending silicon and neurons. He envisions using his technology to allow us to connect our consciousnesses together in a sort of giant empathy web.

-Get to know neuroscientist Steve Ramirez, whose work suggests that humans might someday be able to reactivate lost memories, dampen negative ones, or even plant new ones—which could pave the way for targeted treatments for anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or even Alzheimer’s disease.

-Dive into an imagined future with inventor Danny Hillis as he guides you through the possibilities and pitfalls of designing your child from scratch using gene editing technology. Will you “supersize” them, or give them an extra appendage?

-Explore filmmaker and artist Lynn Hershman Leeson’s ideas about identity in her antibody-as-art project that will change how you think about life science technologies.

-Ponder the inevitable ethical implications of this new frontier with CRISPR scientist and film producer Samira Kiani, who outlines the safety checks she’s developing to control gene edits. Biosecurity policy expert Megan Palmer shares how her experiences led to social responsibility programs for synthetic biologists.

. . . and much more.

We manifest what we imagine. We hope to spark the conversations that move our species toward a future we actually want to live in.

Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species