A new era of scientific innovation has begun

A new era of scientific innovation has begun

Susan Hockfield describes the most innovative technologies you’re seeing right now.

Text by Hope Reese, FastCompany

In her new book, The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution, Susan Hockfield, a former president of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argues that we have entered a new era of scientific innovation in America.

The first great wave of innovation arose during World War II, when the government concentrated its resources on developing the technology that would power rockets, aircraft, and other tools of warfare by combining physics and engineering.

Today’s innovations, says the first female president of MIT, depend on the intersection of biology and engineering. This would include developing biology-based technologies like aquaporin—water that has been purified through the injection of a protein—or self-made biological viruses that can create natural batteries.

She recently spoke to Undark Five about how biological tools can sustain our planet and the challenges for women in science and tech today, among other topics. The complete article by Hope Reese is available at FastCompany.

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