The next species of human | Juan Enriquez

  • Published: 17 February 2009
  • Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.

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  • positive economic reform ideas.

    This bloke clearly doesn't know the difference between the government who is the decision maker for our fiat currency and the householder who will be sent to prison for creating our currency out of nothing as only the banks and the government have the right to do or we would have no money!

    • Flip
      Flip  1 months back

      Watching this in 2019, it is really amazing how wrong most of the advice given has turned out to be, not to mention how inaccurate a lot of the information and graphics presented actually were. So much has pivoted in unexpected ways and science has revealed so much more, but at the same time, some of the scarier predictions presented, never progressed the way they exist today. If anything I find comfort in how wildly different the future has become and hope for a better future that still could be.

      • andreas dausch
        andreas dausch  2 months back

        At the End they need only 500Million Slaves so 7Billion they dont need. We will be Live when it happen.

        • JDubb
          JDubb  2 months back

          Rh Negative rules the world!

          • Celebrity Cyborg Cybernaut Kerry

            Real genius! Listen a trillionaire talk about the future of our country and technology to realize that are about to evolve into another species similar to Type 2 Society.

            • Steven Hopkins
              Steven Hopkins  2 months back

              I love this speaker...I would have stayed in college if my professors kept my attention span this well...

              • Bob Garrett
                Bob Garrett  2 months back

                Enriquez is too optimistic about the blind seeing better than the sighted -- and about humans taking over the evolutionary process for themselves and other species in the ultimate reboot... Arrogance is thinking the universe was created for us? How about technological arrogance? Humans have never seen an electron much less do we have the capacity to make one.. Humans can release the energy of atoms very inefficiently by exploding hydrogen bombs -- but we can't produce nuclear fusion with enough efficiency to realize a net energy output.. Humans can manipulate genes and cells -- but we cannot make a single cell, with it's many billions of components, from raw materials. The sun has been endowing Earth with stability in space, light, heat, photosynthesis and vitamin D for billions of years without any need for maintenance or repairs.. If it needed repairs, all the humans on Earth would be powerless to fix it..... And why wouldn't God make the universe for humankind? ... The universe is like a grain of sand in the Sahara Desert compared to Heaven -- but it gets better.. He's creating a new Heaven and a new Earth.

                • Edward Schoenman
                  Edward Schoenman  2 months back

                  Axolotl, the green new deal. Looks just like AOC!

                  • First Love Church of God
                    First Love Church of God  2 months back

                    this guy is one sick puppy

                    • Del Seibold
                      Del Seibold  2 months back

                      I understand that the pentagon now gets more money than the rest of the government's expenses put together.

                      • Candid One
                        Candid One  2 months back

                        This guy's pie chart showed that Medicare and Social Security each get the same as DOD.

                      • Kevin Russbach
                        Kevin Russbach  2 months back

                        -- Not hard to understand ... but, it hurts.

                    • Cat RR
                      Cat RR  2 months back


                      • Central Scrutinizer
                        Central Scrutinizer  2 months back

                        So he took Deus Ex video game and made into a TED talk.
                        Cheer up. We're all much more likely to die by Global Stupidity than Global Warming.

                        • Bd D
                          Bd D  2 months back

                          Still does not address the morality of the human race.

                          • MMJ
                            MMJ  2 months back

                            this was the stupidest ending that i have seen. man what kind of evolution understanding do you have, evolutionists says that life began as a coincidence or spontaneously.
                            now if a man "evolve" (by your terms ) greater condition it won't be coincidence it will be human made, then there is no link no relation between the evolution so far and the one that is gonna happen.

                            • Andre Tirado
                              Andre Tirado  2 months back

                              Awesome and Terrifying!

                              • cliff bird
                                cliff bird  2 months back

                                Iceland dealt with the finacial crisis by arresting al the bankers. The govt took control of the finaces and now have 1 of the best economies in th world and r debt free as they only spend what they can aford without borrowing money.
                                They were told their economy would collaspe if they got rid of the bankers but the total opposite happened.

                                Yes they did struggle the 1st few years but now its 1 of the best countries in the world to live in.

                                The economy as it is is not susatainable. To kep it growing we need to population to keep growing. But were running out of space to keep building new homes without destroying farmland.

                                Some countries like the USA still have plenty of land to build on but small countries r rapidly runing out of land to build new homes on.

                                UK has already had to build new homes on flood planes and farmland to house ppl in and its still not enough land. Having to import food and water from other countries as not enough farmland left. Yet the govt is saying we need more ppl to keep the ecomony growing.

                                Who benefits from the economy growing? not the workers thats for sure. Its all to make the rich richer.

                                Look at what some of the elite r saying. They want to kill off unskilled workers the sick and elderly to cut down on the population thats not paying anything into the economy. Bill gates wants to kill of at least half the population of the world.

                                Then u have the rothchilds who own most of the banks and most of the weapons making companies who make massive profits by creating threats of wars and wars by doing terrorist attacks and planting evidence it was another country to get wars started to keep the govts borowing money and buying weapons.. Thats something theyt have been doing for thousands of years. They got thrown out of Asia for it then later europe before going to the middle east and claiming Palastine is their homeland when it has nothing to do with them.

                                • 2ndEarth
                                  2ndEarth  2 months back

                                  Will machine learning create A.G.I that can compete with humanity, or will we integrate seamlessly with A.G.I.?

                                  • Jeremiah Turner
                                    Jeremiah Turner  2 months back

                                    Trillionare nonsense
                                    We don't need answers from entitled 1%ers who talk about saying no to entitlement. What a fucking joke

                                    • averagebodybuilder
                                      averagebodybuilder  3 months back

                                      You forgot to mention foreign aid.

                                      • Thaddeus Oggh
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                                                      • Morag MacGregor
                                                        Morag MacGregor  3 months back

                                                        Sorry dude, I'm bailing at 06:41. It's hard enough to keep my head out of the oven as it is.

                                                        • Eric Patterson
                                                          Eric Patterson  3 months back

                                                          Nah, there is going to be a big dip before we head back up again. Thinning of the herd. Gonna be tough

                                                          • Chad Knol
                                                            Chad Knol  3 months back

                                                            Ahhh yes death will come for us

                                                        • Charles Ringling
                                                          Charles Ringling  3 months back

                                                          Trumps 2018 year end was 0 debt. Something like 54 million under but at least zero. 2017 was 1.5 billion debt because he doesn't do the budget immediately and Democrats resist....

                                                          • J Michael
                                                            J Michael  3 months back

                                                            Wow. There's no 'budget'. It's whatever valuation they want to make. They only think like what they are: rich people. 'More for me always means Less for you.' Whatever it is. Evil thinks only for itself... So rich people. "Well who's going to pay for that?"

                                                        • Todd J. Reich/ Todd James Melodyman

                                                          I'm completely deaf in my right ear when I was a baby I had a fever and it's severed the nerve in my right ear fever was so bad once it healed the bone entrance in my ear close completely you think they can redo that

                                                          • MaskedMarvyl
                                                            MaskedMarvyl  3 months back

                                                            Everything he is saying sounds reasonable; except if he campaigned on this platform, he would never be elected to office.

                                                            As soon as people heard the words "cut Medicare/Social Security" there would be outrage among half the voters, and if he said "cut the military", there would be outrage among the other half of the voters, and his campaign would be over.

                                                            • joe caterman
                                                              joe caterman  3 months back

                                                              cutting military would be a very bad idea. So many times through out history UK has done that.... its when you do that you realize how badly you need a big strong military. The military is the deterrent against other nations.

                                                          • I AM awake
                                                            I AM awake  3 months back

                                                            The most inconsistent thing under the dome is the occult that is fighting a losing battle to hide God with big bang theory, evolution theory and the imaginary globe which wouldn't last a second without the gravity theory. The only thing that anyone ever took anything to space was our imagination. Watch this short clip, the truth will set you free.

                                                            • Carmen Mckay
                                                              Carmen Mckay  3 months back

                                                              Excellent talk. Truth is we are in a Matrix. A designed Slavery System that feeds the elites. The whole programming of "work hard, buy a house have kids and retire then die" is bullshit. The SYSTEM is corrupt and designed to keep us all shackled to our financial obligations. The media hypnotizes everyone through fear ... you MUST look good, smell good, have a cool car, etc. When the dollar goes sideways the very Elites who created the conditions for that will already be stocked up on Gold and Bitcoin. The Rothchild family has bought a large percentage of the gold reserve. Wakey wakey!

                                                              • El Colo Tronics
                                                                El Colo Tronics  3 months back

                                                                Resistance is futile...

                                                                • Soaring Skys
                                                                  Soaring Skys  3 months back

                                                                  His uneasiness comes through in his voice during the talk. An anxiousness that comes from speaking a diatribe of B.S.

                                                                  • Wall St Tech
                                                                    Wall St Tech  3 months back

                                                                    I still see "discontinued" models running around.

                                                                    • Jim Douglas
                                                                      Jim Douglas  3 months back

                                                                      The audience does a lot of laughing but what he is saying is no laughing matter. Look how close is was back then to today's situation

                                                                      • Jem Bo
                                                                        Jem Bo  3 months back

                                                                        only sane comment in a sea of retardation

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                                                                      • Joceyne Mayfield
                                                                        Joceyne Mayfield  3 months back

                                                                        [ Insert British Accent] I'm sure I don't know what mean. All I'm saying Tech is Kool an all
                                                                        Now all we need is for humanity to catch up. Prime example yesterday it was announced that a certain Brand of breast implant is linked to breast cancer. The FDA recommendation: Yeah but don't have them removed unless they cause a problem. Ok LMGTS, don't remove the COSMETIC, ELECTIVE SURGICAL IMPLANT that causes C-A-N-C-E-R. Because it will bring the company stock down.
                                                                        We have tech now that's more important than people. Evolution is great, It might even work for humans

                                                                        • Katie Kat
                                                                          Katie Kat  3 months back

                                                                          We are already changing our evolution every time we perform a c-section.

                                                                          • joe caterman
                                                                            joe caterman  3 months back

                                                                            we're getting weaker as a species.... sure. Many, many people would die in child birth or through childhood back in pre history that today survive. I'm not suggesting people should be put through some brutal survival test for survival or that weaker people shouldn't survive... but undoubtedly we are not benefiting from the same harsh brutal test for survival. We enjoy a fantastic immune system and amazing physical endurance because the old world was brutal... and life for many was short. We inherited only the best strongest genes for millennia. Now its easy street. The solution though is genetic engineering.

                                                                          • Aaron Druery
                                                                            Aaron Druery  3 months back

                                                                            Katie Kat right idea but not every single one. Sometimes the c section may have been survivable by one or both but we wouldn’t know because we can’t see the alternate timeline.

                                                                        • CRYSTAL Wiser
                                                                          CRYSTAL Wiser  3 months back

                                                                          Just adapt bud thats all you have to do this guy dosent understand adapting and creating.

                                                                          • Jordan Spurgeon
                                                                            Jordan Spurgeon  3 months back


                                                                            • lightweight smoker
                                                                              lightweight smoker  3 months back

                                                                              Maybe tax the trillionaires instead of making everyone slaves maybe Burnie sanders has the answer

                                                                              • Rogue Trooper
                                                                                Rogue Trooper  3 months back

                                                                                Congress just agreed to move the debt onto the next generation, so you don't have to start paying it back now, happy spending everyone!

                                                                                • Adam Lucas
                                                                                  Adam Lucas  3 months back

                                                                                  Well let's see. Oscar Pistorius is currently in a South African jail. It's safe to say that the Ultimate Reboot is behind bars.

                                                                                  • Maggie Margaret
                                                                                    Maggie Margaret  3 months back

                                                                                    Really good...and fun...and necessary (although it won't do enough good to stop the impending American financial crisis because we are all hoping and waiting for someone smarter than us to come along and address the problems in a simple way (like this guy did) so that all Americans will understand and want to change things...but that smarter person won't come along)....but watch it, anyway. I suppose the real thing we have to worry about is that if the US Economy dies first, China (with it's vastly repressive regime) will make the first dials directing our evolution. 98% of the world will be subjects & subjected to the 2% for the rest of time. Oh, dear.

                                                                                    • ashenbreese
                                                                                      ashenbreese  3 months back

                                                                                      great talk after 5:00, but what was the point of all the fiscal conservative garbage at the beginning? you could skip all that, and the point would still stand perfectly well. or, you could skip all that, and it would be a much better, more concise, and less economically biased presentation.

                                                                                      • Calvin Weeder
                                                                                        Calvin Weeder  3 months back

                                                                                        Well I watched the whole thing, so I guess my answer would be yes. For some reason when I clicked the video I thought it was going to be about evolution not augmented ability, and I don't see how a person with super-hearing aids or whatever is a new species of human, but I guess it was interesting...

                                                                                      • ashenbreese
                                                                                        ashenbreese  3 months back

                                                                                        yeah, he really went sideways there at the beginning. did it get better for you once he actually got on topic? it was a pretty amazing subject.

                                                                                      • Calvin Weeder
                                                                                        Calvin Weeder  3 months back

                                                                                        I'm at 5:57 and was just about to give up on it after browsing the comments. You have convinced me to give it a few more minutes, but so far I'm not impressed with the lying about life expectancy. Everyone should know by now that life expectancy has been going up because fewer babies are dying, not because grandfathers are living longer (they are, but not by much).