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Hybrid humans: when, not if?

Video Summary

Brain science is the new rocket science. That’s according to our last speaker of the day here at healthconf, Bryan Johnson, Founder and CEO of neurotechnology company, Kernal. In this fireside, he’ll explain why expanding human intelligence should be the main focus and priority of our times, and the challenges that come with breaking new ground on understanding the brain.


Bryan Johnson is the founder of Kernel, OS Fund, and Braintree.

Bryan launched Kernel in 2016 to build advanced neural interfaces to treat disease, illuminate the mechanisms of intelligence, and extend cognition.

In 2014, Bryan invested $100M to start OS Fund to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life. His OS Fund investments include endeavors to cure age-related diseases and radically extend healthy human life to 100+, make biology a predictable programming language, digitize analog businesses, replicate the human visual cortex using artificial intelligence, expand humanity’s access to resources, reinvent transportation using autonomous vehicles, and reimagine food using biology, among others.

In 2007, Bryan founded Braintree, an online and mobile payments provider. In 2012, Braintree acquired Venmo and a year later was acquired by PayPal for $800M.

Bryan is an outdoor-adventure enthusiast, licensed pilot, and author of a children's book, Code 7. He also maintains a blog exploring how the combination of human and artificial intelligence (HI + AI) will define humanity’s future.

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