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The Age of Living Machines

How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

Susan Hockfield



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07 May 2019
From the former president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Age of Living Machines is the story of the next technology revolution and how it will change our lives.

A century ago, discoveries in physics came together with engineering to produce an array of astonishing new technologies: radios, telephones, televisions, aircraft, radar, nuclear power, computers, the Internet and a host of still-evolving digital tools. These technologies so radically reshaped our world that we can no longer conceive of life without them.

Today we are on the cusp of a new convergence, with discoveries in biology coming together with engineering to produce another array of almost inconceivable technologies. These next-generation products have the potential to be every bit as revolutionary as the 20th century's digital wonders: Virusbuilt batteries. Protein-based water filters. Cancer-detecting nanoparticles. Mindreading bionic limbs. Computer-engineered crops. These examples illustrate the promise of the technology story of the 21st century to overcome some of the greatest humanitarian, medical and environmental challenges of our time.
By:   Susan Hockfield
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   452g
ISBN:   9780393634747
ISBN 10:   0393634744
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   07 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Susan Hockfield, Ph.D., president emerita and professor of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the first woman and first life scientist to lead MIT. She is a member of MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Reviews for The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution

Susan Hockfield's lively and authoritative book brings to life the bio revolution that is coming and that will dwarf the computer revolution in causing disruption--for better and worse.--Ashton B. Carter, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, and MIT Innovation Fellow Beautifully captures the science and the stories underpinning the convergence of biology and engineering as a transformative 21st century enterprise. One of those stories--biologically organized batteries--addresses the clean energy revolution needed for mitigating climate change, capturing both of Hockfield's signature initiatives as MIT President.--Ernest J. Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Timely, provocative insights into ways the genomic and bioengineering revolution is likely to transform our world in the next half century as profoundly as computer chips powering the information revolution transformed the past 50 years.--Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School, and author of Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? Life sciences are at the doorstep of meeting the major challenges of our time: energy, food, water, and disease. Hockfield views this future through the eyes of scientists at the interface of engineering and biology in an exciting and enjoyable book.--Phillip A. Sharp, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT A highly readable and deeply informative look over the scientific horizon into a future where biology and engineering converge to offer extraordinary means to improve our world.--Drew Gilpin Faust, President Emerita and Lincoln Professor of History, Harvard University

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