Four TED talks about science and technology augmenting human body


The Age of Genetic Wonder

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR enable us to program life at its most fundamental level. But this raises some pressing questions: If we can generate new species from scratch, what should we build? Should we redesign humanity as we know it?

What Your Breath Could Reveal about Your Health

The latest in the science of breath analysis — the screening of the volatile organic compounds in your exhaled breath — and how it could be used as a powerful tool to detect, predict and ultimately prevent disease.

When Technology Can Read Minds

Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you’re thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany.

The Self-Assembling Computer Chips of the Future

The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair. But to keep up with innovations in fields like facial recognition and augmented reality, we need to pack even more computing power into our computer chips — and we’re running out of space. In this forward-thinking talk, technology developer Karl Skjonnemand introduces a radically new way to create chips. “This could be the dawn of a new era of molecular manufacturing.”