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The goal of the MS Futures Group is to envision and realize philosophical and technology-aided futures that have a widespread beneficial impact on humanity.


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cyber head image Melanie Swan is a science and technology innovator and philosopher at the MS Futures Group in Palo Alto, California. She founded the participatory medicine research organization DIYgenomics in 2010. Ms. Swan's educational background includes an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University, and recent coursework in philosophy in the Contemporary Continental Philosophy MA Program at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Université Paris 8, and in biology, nanotechnology, physics, and computer science. She is a faculty member at Singularity University and the University of the Commons, an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a contributor to the Edge's Annual Essay Question.

Ms. Swan's career has focused on philosophy, research, finance, and entrepreneurship, including founding a technology startup company, GroupPurchase, which aggregated small business buying groups. She served as Director of Research at Telecoms Consultancy Ovum RHK, and previously held management and finance positions at iPass in Silicon Valley, J.P. Morgan in New York, Fidelity in Boston, and Arthur Andersen in Los Angeles.

Ms. Swan serves as an advisor to research foundations, government agencies, corporations, and startups and is active in the community promoting science and technology, and opportunities for women. She designs professional and educational simulations, including "Discontinuity Futures," "Being an Entrepreneur" and "The Trader's Pit." Ms. Swan is the former Treasurer of San Francisco-based non-profit Equal Rights Advocates, an Advisory Board member of the Foundational Questions Institute, Lifeboat Foundation, and Accelerating Studies Foundation, a presenter at the Expanding Your Horizons math and science conference, and co-moderator of the Philadelphia and Boulder Future Salons. Ms. Swan speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and enjoys reading, international travel, and kick-boxing.


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