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“Game-changing” science around the corner

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I’ve spent the last several days browsing through the 151 responses to Edge.org’s Annual Question for 2009:

“What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?”

Amidst recessions, inaugurations, and wars, this quote from the introduction is worth remembering:

New tools equal new perceptions. 

Through science we create technology and in using our new tools we recreate ourselves. But until very recently in our history, no democratic populace, no legislative body, ever indicated by choice, by vote, how this process should play out.

Nobody ever voted for printing. Nobody ever voted for electricity. Nobody ever voted for radio, the telephone, the automobile, the airplane, television. Nobody ever voted for penicillin, antibiotics, the pill. Nobody ever voted for space travel, massively parallel computing, nuclear power, the personal computer, the Internet, email, cell phones, the Web, Google, cloning, sequencing the entire human genome. We are moving towards the redefinition of life, to the edge of creating life itself. While science may or may not be the only news, it is the news that stays news.

And our politicians, our governments? Always years behind, the best they can do is play catch up.

There are some mind-benders in here, from biological reprogramming to artificial intelligence to the breakdown of technological society as we know it.  There’s an Irish poem that says it best:  “World is suddener than we fancy it / world is crazier and more of it than we think”

Written by Mark

January 9, 2009 at 2:22 am

Posted in Technology

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