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141. How Nanotech Tattoos Will Give Us Superhuman Strength, Senses and Merge with Biotech | Carson Bruns

Carson Bruns scientist and artist

Carson Bruns (@BrunsenBurner) is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he directs the Emergent Nanomaterials Lab, inventing nanomaterials, tech-enabled tattoos and more that Sci-Fi authors have forever dreamed of. Carson’s has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including the celebrated book The Nature of the Mechanical Bond: From Molecules to Machines and his work has been featured in Inked Magazine, Chemical and Engineering News, Colorado Public Radio and TEDx.

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In today’s episode we discuss:

  • The future of implantable computing
  • How molecular machinery works and what it means for our future
  • Why Carson’s so bullish on tech-enabled tattoos
  • The pros and cons of embeddable vs wearable tech
  • Augmented reality and wearables
  • How far off are we from a Star Trek replicator
  • The key difference between nanotech and synthetic biology
  • Why Carson went on a 3-day silent Buddhism retreat and studied philosophy
  • What Japan taught Carson about life
  • The value of being well-rounded in today’s world
  • Why diverse teams actually leads to better outcomes
  • How Carson thinks about the research funding landscape today
  • What technologies most worry and excite Carson most, and why

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