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GRF Young Professionals Program 2016-2017 Term First Meeting

GRF Young Professionals Program
2016-2017 Term
First Meeting


The GRF Young Professionals Program, which aims to provide a platform for young professionals who are equipped with the resolve, background, and experience to contribute to the future of Turkey and the world, held the first meeting of its 2016-2017 term on October 22, 2016, in Istanbul.

Technology was selected as the theme of the 2016-2017 GRF Young Professionals Program. Accordingly, the participants discussed the recent developments in nanotechnology, biotechnology and artificial intelligence and exchanged ideas on the prospective effects of these developments.

The presenters used the following books as starting points in addressing their selected topics:

- This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future - John Brockman
- Regenesis - Ed Regis and George M. Church
- Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization - K. Eric Drexler
- Engines of Creation - K. Eric Drexler
- Singularity is near – Ray Kurzweil
- Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life – J. Craig Venter