The Future Now: Science and Technology


What are the big ideas and new technologies emerging today with the potential to make a major impact on all our futures? This strand aims to provide short, accessible explanations of the latest developments in science and technology followed by expert discussion of the possibilities and problems that arise. For example, while Blockchain - an internet-based, seemingly tamper-proof ledger - may not seem terribly exciting, it is the basis of the virtual currency Bitcoin and holds the potential to transform many legal and financial activities worldwide. Genome editing has the potential to cure a wide variety of congenital conditions - but what of the potential for genetic engineering for malicious purposes as well as beneficial ones? Should we even be tampering with our genes in this way at all? From the pros and cons of Big Data to whether nuclear power is the future, this strand should be an eye-opener for anyone interested in science and technology.