Alex's talk will be divided in three parts. The first will explain the selective advantage of aging, or why biology evolved a genetic program to age. The second will teach you how to live two years longer using your cell phone. The third will make a specific proposal to extend lifespan: that of redundant organs with failover systems with real-time wireless sensing devices for monitoring, repair and replacement.
A scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, Alex Backer represented his country twice at the International Olympiads of Informatics. Alex holds a degree in Biology and Economics from MIT, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems and Biology from the California Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Dean’s award for ‘great contributions and outstanding qualities of Leadership and Responsibility’. He has held positions at McKinsey & Co., the Department of Computational Biology and Evolutionary Computing at the Center for Computation, Computers, Information and Mathematics of Sandia National Labs, and the Biology Division of Caltech. He is the founder of Adapt Technologies™, a pioneer of search engine marketing technology, abinventio™, the invention factory, QLess™, an award-winning wireless solution that has saved more than three hundred thousand users from standing in line at DMVs, retail stores of Fortune 100 companies, restaurants, shopping malls, doctors' offices, colleges and salons across two continents, Whozat™, The People Search Engine™, named one of the 100 hottest start-ups in the world by TechCrunch, a semantic search engine with machine vision, and which beat Google and every other search engine tested 3 to 1 or more in results relevance in a blind people search comparison, and Social Diligence™, which offers the first resume- or file-based search engine, capable of scouring the web for information related to any document. Alex was appointed by the President to serve in the California Institute of Technology's Information Sciences and Technology Board of Advisors. Alex has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences on diverse science and technology topics around the world. Alex and his creations have been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Business Week, CNET, Mashable, and many other leading publications. Alex is always looking for world-class entrepreneurial people to help bring about innovation through technology.