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January 24th, 2007

Peter Schwartz Delivers the California State of the Union Speech of the Future

Abstract:
We can, for example, reduce the infirmities of aging via biotechnology. I think this will matter to many of us here today. Over the years ahead we are going to be able to reverse many infirmities: better vision, better memory, better hearing, stronger bones, better muscles, and so on. Our old age will be very different than previous generations as a result of the biotechnology now being developed in the laboratories and companies of California. We will age very gracefully. And our children? Our children will see their lives extended beyond decades to centuries. We are seeing the birth of the first generation of young Methuselahs. My 16-year-old son, Ben, will probably live to see the next two, three, and four centuries. That's what we are beginning here in California.

The second great opportunity is, of course green technologies via nanotechnology—the ability to manipulate matter and energy at an unbelievably small scale. We're going to see new materials, thin films for solar energy, new bioindustrial processes that reduce the impact of industry on the environment, new kinds of agriculture that improve efficiency and use less water, new kinds of energy and biofuels made from a great variety of sources, and obviously new forms of waste treatment. And of course, since I come from Berkeley, we have even had protests against nanotechnology already. It's in our tradition. "Ban the Particles." We have actually regulated nanotechnology in Berkeley, so we're right out in front as always.

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