The Greatest Technological Challenges of the Next 50 Years
A group of scientists, entrepreneurs, and futurologists (yea, its a real word) presented the greatest technological challenges they foresee in the coming half century to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (of which yours truly is a student member *holds up badge and power ring*).
The 18-strong team of scientists, entrepreneurs and thinkers was convened by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to identify problems for technology in the 21st century that, if solved, would change the world. The group included biologist Craig Venter, inventor Dean Kamen, Google co-founder Larry Page and Harvard University professor of international development Calestous Juma.
The experts said none of the challenges would be met, however, without the economic and political will. "Despite environmental regulations, cheaper polluting technologies often remain preferred over more expensive, clean technologies," they wrote.
- Quality of life (health, clean energy, sustainability, vulnerability, joy of living)
- Clean water
- Securing cyberspace
- Carbon sequestration technologies
A few on their list didn't seem totally worthy of being included
among the above issues (i.e. enhancing virtual reality or preventing
nuclear terror - what, is this the 1960's?). What do you think?