Yesterday Isolina and I drove to Cannes to meet her friend Jonathan Rothberg. I’ve been a long time fan of the Swedish physicist Max Tegmark and I knew they were friends which made the meeting exciting. Jonathan started a company called Gene Machine and is an expert on all things DNA. I had a thousand questions as per usual – can you improve your DNA through diet/exercise etc? What does he think about the future regarding stemcell research? What does he think human AI will look like in the future, etc. Incredibly exciting.
Yachten was anchored in the water so we got picked up by the tender.
Jonathan’s new company is called the Butterfly network and is the world’s smallest ultrasound. It’s a small camera you attach to your iPhone. It will change the world! For 15,000 kronor you can scan the whole body, it will make a huge different – suddenly poorer parts of the world will have the opportunity to follow pregnancies and now when it’s time for labour. You’ll be able to spot tumours sooner, heart problems, etc. Healthcare is becoming more proactive. It’s fantastic.
We had dinner with his family and met his crew on the boat. 16 employees work here, chefs, masseuses, ship-staff, trainers, etc. Like a mini hotel. Yesterday the chef cooked a six course Japanese meal. Jonathan lives on the boat 6 months of the year and travels around the world. If you want to follow the boat, the Instagram account is called @mygenemachine They visited Svalbard last year, it’s pretty cool that the 60 meter yacht can travel there.
After dinner, his crew drove us to Baouli in the tender. Axwell were playing and we hung out there for a while before we went back to the boat. I slept like a log when the boat was rocking, got up at half past nine and then we had breakfast and hung out on deck. I was so excited to see him and talk about DNA. The answer to the question if you can improve your own DNA? Ageing is the biggest villain, you can’t do much about that. But we’ll be able to improve stem cell in the future and he liked our company, Cellaviva. It’s a future investment. Jonathan often thinks about eating anti-oxidants, avoiding burnt food, etc. But most of all, a long and healthy life is about discovering illnesses in advance, hence the Butterfly Network. Fantastic!