A New Economic Revolution?
Recent technological advances in robotics, 3D printing, synthetic biology, Big Data and artificial photosynthesis, to name just a few, have analysts worried. Won’t these contributions to an imminent economic revolution transform societies for the better AND create new social problems, exacerbate existing ones, and add to the dizzying array of security threats that already exist? This is the question we grapple with this week.
18 Nov 2013 / Article
Robert Manning has no doubts that a convergence of technologies – including robotics, 3D printing, synthetic biology and Big Data – are bringing about a new economic revolution. By severing the link between productivity and employment, however, they will also introduce dramatic social, political and strategic changes. More on «Technology Trends and The Future of Labor»
20 Nov 2013 / Article
In 2010, scientists successfully engineered a bacterial cell in a laboratory. According to Laurie Garrett, this breakthrough has provoked a revolution in synthetic biology that is sure to be a great boon to humanity and also one of its greatest security threats. More on «Biology's Brave New World»
21 Nov 2013 / Article
‘Big data’ has the potential to transform lives and how we do business. Banning Garrett warns that it will also compromise our privacy and security. That’s why governments must play a leading role in shaping the rules and requirements that will guide the use of this technology. More on «Big Data Is Changing Your World»
22 Nov 2013 / Article
Artificial photosynthesis technologies should enable us to address three urgent challenges – reducing carbon dioxide emissions, increasing fuel security, and providing a sustainable global economy. Unfortunately, Thomas Faunce and others argue, the technology remains absent from public policy agendas. More on «Artificial Photosynthesis as a Frontier Technology for Energy Sustainability »