On November 27th, 2012, StarTalk Live brought a little science to the world of dollars and cents at the Business Insider IGNITION conference. Now you're invited to hear astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and guest futurists Jason Silva and
Melissa Sterry answer questions that lie at the intersection of technology, human biology and urban planning. Will bio-ware and nanotechnology allow humans to reprogram our biology? Can smart-materials, adaptive structures and sensor nets help city planners and policy makers create smart cities that adapt to environmental change the way forests do? Are we really approaching a "technological singularity" of emerging super-intelligence beyond which events cannot be predicted -- and has humanity actually experienced one before?
2) Bionics and bio-mimicry, taking design from nature, the singularity, transportation, eliminating the banal.
3) Smart cities of tomorrow.
4) Asteroid impacts, hurricanes, geo-engineering.
5) Altering geography, terraforming Earth, unintended consequences, when is the transformation coming?