Blowing minds is business as usual at your average TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference, and today in Long Beach, Calif., writer and Whole Earth Catalog editor Stewart Brand lit up imaginations with his presentation on “de-extinction.”
"De-extinction" advocate Stewart Brand: "Biotechnology is about to liberate conservation in a pretty spectacular way." #TED2013
— Discover Magazine (@DiscoverMag) February 27, 2013
Biotech is going to “liberate conservation”? Does that mean what we think it means? Pretty much.
— Stephen Collins (@trib) February 27, 2013
No… This guy Stewart Brand is basically talking about making Jurassic Park a reality (if you'll allow me to sensationalize). #TED2013
— Defiance World (@DefianceWorld) February 27, 2013
Stewart Brand says we can clone extinct species…Jurassic Park 2013! #TED2013
— Cameron Russell (@CameronCRussell) February 27, 2013
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) February 27, 2013
"Don't mourn, organize." -Stewart Brand on bringing back extinct species. With their DNA. (Just please don't do it with dinosaurs.) #TED2013
— Rachel Sklar (@rachelsklar) February 27, 2013
But dinosaurs are what we want! Groundbreaking special effects aside, “Jurassic Park” really did inspire the public at large to ask, “Why couldn’t we bring back dinosaurs?” — and that was 20 years ago. What are the practical applications (and can we at least get a wooly mammoth)?
— TED Live (@TEDLiveHQ) February 27, 2013
— Neil Bonner ♚ (@IrishPrince) February 27, 2013
— Suja Lowenthal (@SujaLowenthal) February 27, 2013
[Update: Suja Lowenthal is a member of the city council in Long Beach, Calif.]
— WBTW: LuxuryTravel (@WeBlogtheWorld) February 27, 2013
Stewart Brand: "Humans have made a huge hole in nature over last 10k years. We have a moral obligation to repair some of the damage."
— Laurie Burdick (@widget333) February 27, 2013
Oh man, humans get the blame for everything. At least Brand, founder of the Long Now Foundation, has the boldness to reach back not to the invention of the SUV but to the previous 10,000 years of human existence.
Is it too early to lobby for which species to bring back (and which not to bring back)?
— Carly Holstein, PhD (@carlyholstein) February 27, 2013
My new word for today, thanks to #TED2013 and Stewart Brand: de-extinction. Passenger pigeon is next on his list!
— Jim Fruchterman (@JimFruchterman) February 27, 2013
— Saint Doe (@saintdoe) February 27, 2013
Stewart Brand talk about bringing back extinct animals & changing evolution. Pet velociraptor anyone? #TED2013
— Amrit Singh (@MrASingh) February 27, 2013
— Mark (@ClearSkies55) February 27, 2013