Dr. Gregory Stock's levelheaded look at the hotpoints where tech and ethics connect (or short circuit) have made him a popular guest on TV and radio. He directs the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at UCLA.

Why you should listen

Bestselling author and lecturer Gregory Stock examines the evolutionary significance of technological progress. His 1993 book, Metaman, looks (optimistically) toward a future where the symbiotic relationship between human culture and technology increasingly resembles a "superorganism" that can respond, as a whole, to crises like global warming. 2003's Redesigning Humans poses the alluring -- and sometimes frightening -- possibility that human biology will soon become customizable: no mere question of availability, but a matter of personal choice.

Stock's other work includes Engineering the Human Germline, which looks at the implications of controlled evolution, and a set of perpetually-bestselling tabletop conversation-starters, the flagship of which is The Book of Questions.

What others say

“Stock sees the cloning controversy as a distraction from issues of real importance, such as balancing offspring trait selection against eugenics. [He writes with] the clarity and precision of a philosopher.” — Rob Lightner

Gregory Stock’s TED talk

Gregory Stock on the TED Blog

How biotech will drive our evolution: Gregory Stock on TED.com

April 14, 2009

In this prophetic 2003 talk — just days before Dolly the sheep was stuffed — biotech ethicist Gregory Stock looked forward to new, more meaningful (and controversial) technologies, like customizable babies, whose adoption might drive human evolution. (Recorded at TED2003, February 2003, in Monterey, California. Duration: 17:52.) Watch Gregory Stock’s talk from TED2003 on TED.com, […]

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Quotes from Gregory Stock

The lines are going to blur — and they already are, between therapy and enhancement, between treatment and prevention, between need and desire.
Gregory Stock
TED2003 • 443K views Apr 2009
Inspiring, Fascinating
What if we could unravel aging and understand it — begin to retard the process or even reverse it?
Gregory Stock
TED2003 • 443K views Apr 2009
Inspiring, Fascinating