First, the company hired Transhumanist figurehead Ray Kurzweil to work as its director of engineering. Now, Google has hired top geneticist Cynthia Kenyon to work at Calico, Google’s “moonshot” operation aimed at extending human life.
At Calico, in partnership with Arthur Levinson, former chief executive of Genentech – the first genetic engineering company founded in 1976 – Google will strive to “significantly expand the human life span.”
Cynthia Kenyon, a biochemistry and biophysics professor, will help Calico search for radical life extension technologies. She will be working under Dr. Hal Barron, a former product development leader at Roche Pharmaceuticals thatCalico hired in November of 2013. [source]
Addressing humanity’s grand challenges
Mountain View, CA
Singularity University was jointly founded in 2008 by X Prize Founadtion founder Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and author, entrepreneur and futurist Dr. Ray Kurzweil, and its corporate sponsors include NASA, Google, Nokia, Autodesk, ePlanet Capital and Genentech.
In the coming decades, a number of exponentially growing technologies will massively increase human capability and fundamentally reshape our future. This warrants the creation of an academic institution whose students and faculty will study these technologies, with an emphasis on the interactions between different technologies. The University’s mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a new generation of leaders who strive to understand and utilize exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. [source]