How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang

How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang

What if you could know exactly how food or medication would impact your health — before you put it in your body? Genomics researcher Jun Wang is working to develop digital doppelgangers for real people; they start with genetic code, but they’ll also factor in other kinds of data as well, from food intake to sleep to data collected by a “smart toilet.” With all of this valuable information, Wang hopes to create an engine that will change the way we think about health, both on an individual level and as a collective.

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50 Replies to “How digital DNA could help you make better health choices | Jun Wang”

  1. Very Interesting! Sounds like the future of medicine and nutrition is bright, excited to get a call from my doctor in the future that something in my digitalme has changed and I need to drink a certain tea to get back on track.

  2. The micro organisms that the real you will come in contact with will not reflect in the digital you. The personal yeast you gather to eat will affect you different than commercialized studies. Fertilizing your own plants for food will provide you better than commercialized your digital you will have data from.

    All the process of gathering the data will add stress more than the simple solution too, which is the ultimate hinder of health.

    I like his ideas, but it make take awhile for it to be fine tuned overall for a large group of average people. Too bad we weren’t already ahead more and not intentionally hindering ourselves.

  3. could also clear up lots of misconception regarding the mythical stories of origin we all seem to have and cling so dearly, not to mention the ever-increasing amount of genes in our genomes being attributed directly to the other great ape 😉
    All In for this idea from AI-Genome guru who spearheaded the biggest genomic centre going public and looking forward to next AI driven Chinese mobile phone with inbuilt Genome sequencer 🙂

  4. Then how do I know that I am the original me and not the digital me out of one in millions different simulations? Scary ._.

  5. If we didn’t live in a such a corrupt world where this information WILL be used against you, this would be a great idea.

  6. What about the ultimate data pool? Everyone participates in their own way and interest that may involve for some an early demise-all with the intentions that when superior technology is finally available-they would be brought back to life. Quite a gamble but likely the quickest result.

  7. You won’t have passion, and biological cycle is based not on food routine but on also on food digestion.

  8. That’s a great presentation and superb information on the attributes of personal genome sequencing. I’m certainly going to pursue it in the future.

  9. 12:57 Machine learning from data can only be as good as the data is. Only the data of a few rich people for the "Digital We" won’t help those richt people as much as a much bigger and diverse dataset could help them. So it’s in the interest of the rich people, that as much people as possible can afford this technology. This way that problem could solve itself.

  10. This is amazing science. But it’s application will need a much more sane world, or the technology will be corrupted. Maybe it will not matter in countries that have universal health care. But in countries such as the U.S. where care is a profit center, this personal information will be turned against individuals in order to save a buck. Or make two. For evidence, you don’t need to look further than how insurance companies deny pre-existing conditions or make rates astronomical. Digital DNA is only a condition waiting to happen, or already happening.

  11. This guy really spoke about some of the things, I have been thinking about for a long time. Based on the health aspect and very pure idea of it, I can see its tremendous benefits, nobility and impact on the world. But what entails this could be potentially troubling as well, those include psychological, social, ethical effects, and many other issues including data privacy and exploitation. It also seems like in order to live as a successfully-healthy human being, we have to become less human. I really love technology, and I embrace them when i can. But sometimes, I have some many contradicting feelings of its consequences and repercussions.

    I love talks like these on TED, it gives me an idea of what to expect in the future, and how things are progressing in their respectively fields. I am impressed how he could speak so articulately when jet lagged. I would be totally incoherent in front of an large audience lol.

  12. Why I bring that up…a chrich group made up a bunch of stuff and well it lead to the fight with complete strangers

  13. Here we go again, Scientist playing god. A Human physical bodies expires just like food does. To incarnate there energy and soul back to the universe from it came. In other words, when humans die on earth there lifeforce continues some where else.

  14. Can I get a link that directs me to more information from Jun Wang? I’d like to keep abreast of what he’s doing in this area.

  15. Finally, a science/tech video. I’m all for social progress but dear lord there are so many social issues videos on TED lately.

  16. Of course the first thing you care is privacy, but he is right about the information, without them we cannot learn.

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