UNESCO Arts, Science & Technology

Pierre Baldi
University of California-Irvine

Pierre Baldi's research focuses in several areas of data mining, machine learning, bioinformatics and communication networks. Projects in his group include understanding and predicting protein structures, analyzing and modeling gene expression data and regulatory networks, analyzing and designing communication networks (Internet, Ultra Wide Band Radio) and quantifying information.

In _The Shattered Self: The End of Natural Evolution_ (itlaicize) Baldi reviews the state of the art in molecular biology, cloning, DNA-based experimentation, the growth of computational power and the Internet, concluding that these developments undermine our classic notions of self and humanity, and challenges what it means to be human.

Because Professor Baldi considers technological developments to be inherently unstoppable, he emphasizes ethics.