The Future of Science

The New York Academy of Sciences recently published an article exploring the future of science and technology. Within the article, scientist and professors envisioned the next 100 years in regards to the scientific field.

The riveting answers discuss a wide range of ideas. For example, Sanghamitra Anand who is a student at National Institute of Technology (India) imagines ‘Lyf-fi’ genetically modifying plant specifies to give off wifi. The plants would promote connection in regards to animal and human life. Similarly, the next innovation discussed is by Herb Klitzner, a researcher, who envisions a compassionate collaboration between humans and animals.

Lastly, William Haseltine, President of Access Health discusses a compelling idea, which consists of turning back the genetic clock.

Although the innovations seem thrilling, others do not let their imaginations run wild rather individuals fear future discoveries. The Pew Research Center particularly notes with a recent study that the U.S is fearful towards the idea of “enhancing” human abilities and the automation in everyday life. The study further stated that people are more worried than excited about the future.

The term, human enhancement can be defined as a range of implants to elevate human abilities. Conclusively, alterations vary from physical, cosmetic, psychological, and cognitive in which are all aimed to strengthen one’s being.

For example, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center states, that gene editing such as altering genes to give babies a reduced disease risk. The survey concluded that 49% were enthusiastic about the gene alteration, whereas 68% remained worried. Similarly, the idea of a brain chip implant to improve cognitive abilities, resulted in 34% of participants claiming to be enthusiastic and 69% expressed their concern.

Additionally, the survey explores the morality attached to these technological advancements. A majority of survey participants questioned if the intentions are morally acceptable. Overall, the participants highlighted the downsides of brain and blood enchantments saying that the downsides ultimately outweigh the benefits of future technology. In correlation to popular cosmetic enhancements that are used today, 34% of adults agree that cosmetic surgery is an abused practice.

In conclusion, an upsurge of exciting innovations is on the rise, ranging from environmentally friendly innovations to enhancing human abilities. While many individuals are excited, others remain concerned about the scientific discoveries the future will bring.

Works Cited:

Funk, C. (2018, September 12). What Worries People about Future Science and Tech Innovations? Retrieved from
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/what-worries-people-about-future-scie nce-and-tech-innovations/

(2019). Imagining the Next 100 Years of Science and Technology: The New York Academy of Sciences. Retrieved from
https://www.nyas.org/magazines/imagining-the-next-100-years/imagining-the-next-100-y ears-of-science-and-technology/

(2019, August 15). U.S. Public Wary About Use of Biomedical Technology for Human Enhancement. Retrieved from https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2016/07/26/u-s-public-wary-of-biomedical-technol ogies-to-enhance-human-abilities/

Article by: Alexis Takagi

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