At a time when our collective culture is beginning to grapple with the hard issues around end of life, Silicon Valley’s quest for longevity might appear to be a bit out of touch. By examining their own personal impulses – one toward facing death, the other toward hacking our DNA to radically delay dying–friends and cultural pioneers Michael Hebb and Eric Weinstein explore the existential, ethical and invariably personal dimensions of accepting or defying mortality.

About the Speaker

A serial dining entrepreneur and social educator, Michael Hebb is the founder of Death Over Dinner, an interactive digital platform that has enabled thousands of individuals across five continents to conduct communal dialogues around death, health care and human life. He is a Teaching Fellow at University of Washington’s Master of Communication in Digital Media. His forthcoming book, Let’s Talk About Death, will be published in late 2018 by Da Capo/Hachette.

Eric Weinstein, PhD is an American mathematician and economist. He earned his PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard University, is a research fellow at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University and is a managing director of Thiel Capital in San Francisco. He has published works and is an expert speaker on a range of topics including economics, immigration, elite labor, mitigating financial risk and the incentivizing of creative risk in the hard sciences.