Finance • Longevity • Blockchain • Cryptocurrency
Elena Toufani is the co-author of the forthcoming book Exonomics which examines the impact of exponentially growing technologies on economics, policy and business models. She is the co-founder of T Labs, a Silicon Valley based launchpad for moonshot innovation, where she has overseen the launch of Longevity University (research and education institution focused on human life extension) and Reversopedia (the reverse encyclopedia of known unknowns). A Government of Canada-funded Futurepreneur, Elena has held prior research positions in macro-economics and quantitative trading at Seeb, behavioral neuroendocrinology at the University of British Columbia, and biosenescence and longevity at Revaux. She is a founding member of the Hedge Fund for the Poor, and was previously a Steering Committee Member of CREST/BD – a collaborative research platform at UBC. Elena is an advisor to startup projects focusing on blockchain and cryptocurrencies, fintech, nano-biology, and artificial intelligence. She has degrees in political economy and psychology from Erasmus University and the University of British Columbia, and most recently, a nano-degree in deep learning (an artificial intelligence specialization) from Udacity.
For the first time in human history, radical life extension is no longer an impossible fantasy. Exponentially growing technologies such as artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and nanotechnology have given rise to a paradigm shift in human lifespan research that is beginning to turn science fiction into science fact. Current trends point to possible changes in human evolution, and the likely emergence of the Homo Vivus – humans with radically extended lifespans. The talk, titled after the upcoming book, covers the cutting edge of longevity research and what each of us can do today to join the Homo Vivus.
Cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology behind them have been called the biggest innovation since the invention of the Internet. In this session we will examine the exponential growth of crypto-currencies, crypto-assets, and most importantly, the technology behind distributed ledgers. We will look beyond the hype to focus on real-world applications, investment opportunities, as well as 10 innovation scenarios most likely to disrupt business models around the globe.