by MPD
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Is being “green” just about environmentalism? It’s a question we discuss often on the site and, ultimately, come back to the same answer: No. No, it’s not. As awareness grows about the myriad challenges facing society, so too does the modern American environmental movement. No longer a single issue, living a “green” lifestyle has become synonymous with consciousness, ethics, and, if we may be so brazen, general societal progress.

Dean of Invention — a new Planet Green show premiering on Friday, October 22 at 10 p.m. (ET) — proves that it isn’t only hemp-wearing pamphleteers who are working overtime for positive world change, but that the technological community is also contributing to “green” progress.

The series is centered around globally renowned inventor Dean Kamen who, with the help of correspondent Joanne Colan, travels the world over in search of the most innovative technologies of tomorrow. Although Kamen may not be a household name, his creations are absolutely A-List. Possessing more than 400 patents, including the Segway, the insulin pump, and the robotic prosthetic “Luke Arm,” Kamen has made a career designing progressive products that help improve the lives of millions.

“Planet Green celebrates the innovators and visionaries who have the genius and passion necessary to change the world—and Dean Kamen epitomizes both these qualities,” said Laura Michalchyshyn, president and general manager of Planet Green, Discovery Health, FitTV and TreeHugger.  “Dean of Invention will provide viewers with a revealing look at the greatest inventor of our time as he continues his amazing personal crusade to make the world a better place through game-changing technological breakthroughs.”


In the first episode, Kamen explores new technologies that are changing the medical profession as we know it, including nanobots — tiny robots that enter the bloodstream, find cancerous cells, and kill them. Curing disease without sacrificing the hundreds of thousands of lives lost each year on the operating table or in recovery from surgery? Sounds pretty “green” to us.

Curious to see how technology is changing the world? Check out a clip from Dean of Invention below, and stop by PlanetGreen.com to get all the details. You can also visit FutureIsNowStore.com to purchase some of the cool inventions featured on the show.