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Emerging technologies must be developed responsibly

Emerging technologies must be developed responsibly

From smart phones to cancer cures, we depend on technology innovation more now than at any point in human history. Yet in a cruel twist of irony, emerging technologies that could help improve lives and protect the environment may ultimately end up doing more harm than good. That is, unless new approaches to responsible innovation are developed and adopted... (Click to read more)


Genetically modified mosquitoes too?
 

Everyone loves a genetically modified mosquito – right?

When I first learnt of the idea to genetically modify mosquitoes (GMMs) as a strategy for controlling the diseases transmitted by these much-maligned insects, I thought it was refreshingly innovative. Little did I know that scientists had been fiddling with ... (Click to read more)

World Economic Forum highlights risks of emerging technologies
 

World Economic Forum highlights risks of emerging technologies

The challenges of governing emerging technologies are highlighted by the World Economic Forum in the 2015 edition of its Global Risks Report. Focusing in particular on synthetic biology, gene drives and artificial intelligence, the report warns that these and other ... (Click to read more)



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