Science and technology

Science and technology

How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition?


Short Overview

Computational chemistry, computational biology, and computational physics are changing the nature and speed of new scientific insights and technological applications. This speed is accelerating as its use of computers is accelerated by Moore’s law. This will be further accelerated with future forms of artificial intelligence and the advent quantum computing. IBM has created a qubit circuit building block for chips for quantum computers; MIT can direct a single photon on an optical chip; D-Wave plans to release a quantum processor with more than 1,000 qubits, and qubits have been embedded into nanowires—all important steps toward the development quantum computers. Hence quantum computing could be in our foreseeable future. In addition to computational science and quantum computing, future synergies among synthetic biology, 3D and 4D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, tele-everything, drones, falling costs of renewable energy systems augmented reality, and collective intelligence systems will make the last twenty-five years seem slow compared to the volume of change over the next twenty-five years. The continued acceleration of S&T is fundamentally changing what is possible.


06 May 2017



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