The next species of human | Juan Enriquez

  • Published: 17 February 2009
  • Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

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  • theterrymeister
    theterrymeister  15 hours back

    Lieutenant Dangle

    • pasoundman
      pasoundman  3 weeks back

      A nice study in how wrong you can be dabbling in futurism.

      • Joesph Young
        Joesph Young  3 weeks back

        Nothing got better since 2009. Student debt got worse, and no progress on medical care/retirement.

        • SRSOS
          SRSOS  4 weeks back

          " We have the technology, to cure us of the ills, of our own technology." smh
          Balance with our natural surroundings. Please. Before it's all gone. And us with it.
          Are we suppoed to believe this guy because he took off his tie?
          Never trust anyone wearing a tie.
          The serpentine symbol of evil worn by huemales mostly.

          • positive economic reform ideas.

            This bloke clearly doesn't know the difference between the government who is the decision maker for our fiat currency and the householder who will be sent to prison for creating our currency out of nothing as only the banks and the government have the right to do or we would have no money!

            • Astto
              Astto  1 months back

              They don't like competition.

          • Flip
            Flip  2 months back

            Watching this in 2019, it is really amazing how wrong most of the advice given has turned out to be, not to mention how inaccurate a lot of the information and graphics presented actually were. So much has pivoted in unexpected ways and science has revealed so much more, but at the same time, some of the scarier predictions presented, never progressed the way they exist today. If anything I find comfort in how wildly different the future has become and hope for a better future that still could be.

            • andreas dausch
              andreas dausch  3 months back

              At the End they need only 500Million Slaves so 7Billion they dont need. We will be Live when it happen.

              • JDubb
                JDubb  3 months back

                Rh Negative rules the world!

                • Celebrity Cyborg Cybernaut Kerry

                  Real genius! Listen a trillionaire talk about the future of our country and technology to realize that are about to evolve into another species similar to Type 2 Society.

                  • Steven Hopkins
                    Steven Hopkins  3 months back

                    I love this speaker...I would have stayed in college if my professors kept my attention span this well...

                    • Bob Garrett
                      Bob Garrett  3 months back

                      Enriquez is too optimistic about the blind seeing better than the sighted -- and about humans taking over the evolutionary process for themselves and other species in the ultimate reboot... Arrogance is thinking the universe was created for us? How about technological arrogance? Humans have never seen an electron much less do we have the capacity to make one.. Humans can release the energy of atoms very inefficiently by exploding hydrogen bombs -- but we can't produce nuclear fusion with enough efficiency to realize a net energy output.. Humans can manipulate genes and cells -- but we cannot make a single cell, with it's many billions of components, from raw materials. The sun has been endowing Earth with stability in space, light, heat, photosynthesis and vitamin D for billions of years without any need for maintenance or repairs.. If it needed repairs, all the humans on Earth would be powerless to fix it..... And why wouldn't God make the universe for humankind? ... The universe is like a grain of sand in the Sahara Desert compared to Heaven -- but it gets better.. He's creating a new Heaven and a new Earth.

                      • Edward Schoenman
                        Edward Schoenman  3 months back

                        Axolotl, the green new deal. Looks just like AOC!

                        • Mystery Of The Gospel
                          Mystery Of The Gospel  3 months back

                          this guy is one sick puppy

                          • Del Seibold
                            Del Seibold  3 months back

                            I understand that the pentagon now gets more money than the rest of the government's expenses put together.

                            • Candid One
                              Candid One  3 months back

                              This guy's pie chart showed that Medicare and Social Security each get the same as DOD.

                            • Kevin Russbach
                              Kevin Russbach  3 months back

                              -- Not hard to understand ... but, it hurts.

                          • Cat RR
                            Cat RR  3 months back


                            • Central Scrutinizer
                              Central Scrutinizer  4 months back

                              So he took Deus Ex video game and made into a TED talk.
                              Cheer up. We're all much more likely to die by Global Stupidity than Global Warming.

                              • Bd D
                                Bd D  4 months back

                                Still does not address the morality of the human race.

                                • MMJ
                                  MMJ  4 months back

                                  this was the stupidest ending that i have seen. man what kind of evolution understanding do you have, evolutionists says that life began as a coincidence or spontaneously.
                                  now if a man "evolve" (by your terms ) greater condition it won't be coincidence it will be human made, then there is no link no relation between the evolution so far and the one that is gonna happen.

                                  • Andre Tirado
                                    Andre Tirado  4 months back

                                    Awesome and Terrifying!

                                    • cliff bird
                                      cliff bird  4 months back

                                      Iceland dealt with the finacial crisis by arresting al the bankers. The govt took control of the finaces and now have 1 of the best economies in th world and r debt free as they only spend what they can aford without borrowing money.
                                      They were told their economy would collaspe if they got rid of the bankers but the total opposite happened.

                                      Yes they did struggle the 1st few years but now its 1 of the best countries in the world to live in.

                                      The economy as it is is not susatainable. To kep it growing we need to population to keep growing. But were running out of space to keep building new homes without destroying farmland.

                                      Some countries like the USA still have plenty of land to build on but small countries r rapidly runing out of land to build new homes on.

                                      UK has already had to build new homes on flood planes and farmland to house ppl in and its still not enough land. Having to import food and water from other countries as not enough farmland left. Yet the govt is saying we need more ppl to keep the ecomony growing.

                                      Who benefits from the economy growing? not the workers thats for sure. Its all to make the rich richer.

                                      Look at what some of the elite r saying. They want to kill off unskilled workers the sick and elderly to cut down on the population thats not paying anything into the economy. Bill gates wants to kill of at least half the population of the world.

                                      Then u have the rothchilds who own most of the banks and most of the weapons making companies who make massive profits by creating threats of wars and wars by doing terrorist attacks and planting evidence it was another country to get wars started to keep the govts borowing money and buying weapons.. Thats something theyt have been doing for thousands of years. They got thrown out of Asia for it then later europe before going to the middle east and claiming Palastine is their homeland when it has nothing to do with them.

                                      • 2ndEarth
                                        2ndEarth  4 months back

                                        Will machine learning create A.G.I that can compete with humanity, or will we integrate seamlessly with A.G.I.?

                                        • Jeremiah Turner
                                          Jeremiah Turner  4 months back

                                          Trillionare nonsense
                                          We don't need answers from entitled 1%ers who talk about saying no to entitlement. What a fucking joke

                                          • averagebodybuilder
                                            averagebodybuilder  4 months back

                                            You forgot to mention foreign aid.

                                            • Thaddeus Oggh
                                              Thaddeus Oggh  4 months back


                                              • Thaddeus Oggh
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                                                • Thaddeus Oggh
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                                                    Thaddeus Oggh  4 months back


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                                                      Thaddeus Oggh  4 months back


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                                                        Thaddeus Oggh  4 months back


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                                                          • Thaddeus Oggh
                                                            Thaddeus Oggh  4 months back


                                                            • Morag MacGregor
                                                              Morag MacGregor  4 months back

                                                              Sorry dude, I'm bailing at 06:41. It's hard enough to keep my head out of the oven as it is.

                                                              • Eric Patterson
                                                                Eric Patterson  4 months back

                                                                Nah, there is going to be a big dip before we head back up again. Thinning of the herd. Gonna be tough

                                                                • Chad Knol
                                                                  Chad Knol  4 months back

                                                                  Ahhh yes death will come for us

                                                              • Charles Ringling
                                                                Charles Ringling  4 months back

                                                                Trumps 2018 year end was 0 debt. Something like 54 million under but at least zero. 2017 was 1.5 billion debt because he doesn't do the budget immediately and Democrats resist....

                                                                • J Michael
                                                                  J Michael  4 months back

                                                                  Wow. There's no 'budget'. It's whatever valuation they want to make. They only think like what they are: rich people. 'More for me always means Less for you.' Whatever it is. Evil thinks only for itself... So rich people. "Well who's going to pay for that?"

                                                              • Todd J. Reich/ Todd James Melodyman

                                                                I'm completely deaf in my right ear when I was a baby I had a fever and it's severed the nerve in my right ear fever was so bad once it healed the bone entrance in my ear close completely you think they can redo that

                                                                • MaskedMarvyl
                                                                  MaskedMarvyl  4 months back

                                                                  Everything he is saying sounds reasonable; except if he campaigned on this platform, he would never be elected to office.

                                                                  As soon as people heard the words "cut Medicare/Social Security" there would be outrage among half the voters, and if he said "cut the military", there would be outrage among the other half of the voters, and his campaign would be over.

                                                                  • joe caterman
                                                                    joe caterman  4 months back

                                                                    cutting military would be a very bad idea. So many times through out history UK has done that.... its when you do that you realize how badly you need a big strong military. The military is the deterrent against other nations.

                                                                • I AM awake
                                                                  I AM awake  4 months back

                                                                  The most inconsistent thing under the dome is the occult that is fighting a losing battle to hide God with big bang theory, evolution theory and the imaginary globe which wouldn't last a second without the gravity theory. The only thing that anyone ever took anything to space was our imagination. Watch this short clip, the truth will set you free.

                                                                  • Carmen Mckay
                                                                    Carmen Mckay  4 months back

                                                                    Excellent talk. Truth is we are in a Matrix. A designed Slavery System that feeds the elites. The whole programming of "work hard, buy a house have kids and retire then die" is bullshit. The SYSTEM is corrupt and designed to keep us all shackled to our financial obligations. The media hypnotizes everyone through fear ... you MUST look good, smell good, have a cool car, etc. When the dollar goes sideways the very Elites who created the conditions for that will already be stocked up on Gold and Bitcoin. The Rothchild family has bought a large percentage of the gold reserve. Wakey wakey!

                                                                    • El Colo Tronics
                                                                      El Colo Tronics  4 months back

                                                                      Resistance is futile...

                                                                      • Soaring Skys
                                                                        Soaring Skys  4 months back

                                                                        His uneasiness comes through in his voice during the talk. An anxiousness that comes from speaking a diatribe of B.S.

                                                                        • Wall St Tech
                                                                          Wall St Tech  4 months back

                                                                          I still see "discontinued" models running around.

                                                                          • Jim Douglas
                                                                            Jim Douglas  4 months back

                                                                            The audience does a lot of laughing but what he is saying is no laughing matter. Look how close is was back then to today's situation

                                                                            • Jem Bo
                                                                              Jem Bo  4 months back

                                                                              only sane comment in a sea of retardation

                                                                          • ボラボラ
                                                                            ボラボラ  4 months back


                                                                            • Joceyne Mayfield
                                                                              Joceyne Mayfield  4 months back

                                                                              [ Insert British Accent] I'm sure I don't know what mean. All I'm saying Tech is Kool an all
                                                                              Now all we need is for humanity to catch up. Prime example yesterday it was announced that a certain Brand of breast implant is linked to breast cancer. The FDA recommendation: Yeah but don't have them removed unless they cause a problem. Ok LMGTS, don't remove the COSMETIC, ELECTIVE SURGICAL IMPLANT that causes C-A-N-C-E-R. Because it will bring the company stock down.
                                                                              We have tech now that's more important than people. Evolution is great, It might even work for humans

                                                                              • Katie Kat
                                                                                Katie Kat  4 months back

                                                                                We are already changing our evolution every time we perform a c-section.

                                                                                • joe caterman
                                                                                  joe caterman  4 months back

                                                                                  we're getting weaker as a species.... sure. Many, many people would die in child birth or through childhood back in pre history that today survive. I'm not suggesting people should be put through some brutal survival test for survival or that weaker people shouldn't survive... but undoubtedly we are not benefiting from the same harsh brutal test for survival. We enjoy a fantastic immune system and amazing physical endurance because the old world was brutal... and life for many was short. We inherited only the best strongest genes for millennia. Now its easy street. The solution though is genetic engineering.

                                                                                • Aaron Druery
                                                                                  Aaron Druery  4 months back

                                                                                  Katie Kat right idea but not every single one. Sometimes the c section may have been survivable by one or both but we wouldn’t know because we can’t see the alternate timeline.

                                                                              • CRYSTAL Wiser
                                                                                CRYSTAL Wiser  4 months back

                                                                                Just adapt bud thats all you have to do this guy dosent understand adapting and creating.

                                                                                • Jordan Spurgeon
                                                                                  Jordan Spurgeon  4 months back


                                                                                  • lightweight smoker
                                                                                    lightweight smoker  4 months back

                                                                                    Maybe tax the trillionaires instead of making everyone slaves maybe Burnie sanders has the answer