Oct 22, 2021 • 1HR 1M

Adam Marblestone & Ben Reinhardt | FRO & PARPA: Innovating in Scientific Innovation

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“The goal is to work on coordinated research programs that are a little bit too research for startups and too engineering coordination heavy for academia.”

Adam Marblestone is a Schmidt Futures Innovation Fellow and a Senior Fellow with the Federation of American Scientists. He was previously a research scientist at Google DeepMind, was the Chief Strategy Officer of the brain-computer interface company Kernel, and co-founded BioBright LLC. He has been recognized with a Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 Award. He received a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University as a Hertz Foundation Fellow.

Ben Reinhardt is setting up a private ARPA (www.benjaminreinhardt.com/parpa-2-pager) to go after things that are too “researchy” for startups, too engineering-heavy for academia, and too weird for the government. In the past he was an EIR at Entrepreneur First in Singapore where he helped ambitious people build teams and companies. Before that he was a different kind of EIR Susa Ventures and tried to use robots to help older adults stay at home longer. Deeper in the past, he taught computers to understand the world at Magic Leap. He used to build tractor beams for space robotics at Cornell.


Adam Marblestone on FRO: https://www.dayoneproject.org/post/focused-research-organizations-to-accelerate-science-technology-and-medicine

Ben Reinhardt on PARPA: https://benjaminreinhardt.com/parpa-2-pager.pdf

Previous Foresight recordings: 

Adam Marblestone & Jose Luis Ricon on Rejuvenome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VdmAqoEvF0

Ben Reinhardt & Adam Marblestone on the Artificial Ribosome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXurvsxmNjM


Adam Marblestone: @AdamMarblestone

Ben Reinhardt: @Ben_Reinhardt


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