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The Advances In Technology – Potential Impacts

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open eyes opinion {source: EP/scientific foresight (STOA) unit}

The European Parliament Research Service published in January:
Ten technologies which could change our lives: Potential impacts and policy implications

It is an interesting report. I thought it might interest my readership.
I have broken the subject matter down/formatted it for a quick online glance.
However, when your time permits you should read the in-depth report which
I have linked at the bottom of the page.

This study was undertaken in support of the Scientific Foresight Unit’s ongoing work to develop a methodology for carrying out foresight studies within the European Parliament.

Ten different scientific and technological trends are investigated which reflect the interests of citizens, policy-makers and legislators drawn from across the European Union.

A summary of each trend is provided followed by an overview of both the ‘expected’ and ‘unexpected’ impacts associated with the trend.

A legal analysis is then provided which highlights procedural and legislative issues for policy-makers and legislators to consider when tackling policy-making in the EU in relation to each trend.

At A Glance:

Autonomous Vehicles: With thousands of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) due to be on Europe’s roads in a few years, will your child soon be driving you to work? Could the definition of a ‘responsible driver’ change forever?

Graphene: As a material with many outstanding properties, could graphene revolutionise the way we innovate new technologies, and design tomorrow’s products?

3D printing: From jewellery to weapon parts, 3D printing is throwing open the doors of manufacturing and design possibility. Are we on the verge of a new industrial revolution and who will benefit?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Online education could be the future, unlocking access to education for more people than ever before. How will it change traditional education and how can we maintain high levels of achievement?

Virtual currencies (Bitcoin): Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin are expanding the frontiers of our digital economy. How can their potential to stimulate a new form of economy be balanced with the cyber-safety needs of citizens?

Wearable technologies: From physical electronic devices to new types of ‘smart fabrics’, the reasons for wearing our clothes are changing. How will this change our data-sharing habits and the way healthcare is delivered?

Drones: Drones have already started capturing pictures of our world like never before. How can privacy be preserved as falling technology costs allow the average consumer to become a drone operator?

Aquaponic systems: As the world’s population continuing to expand rapidly, developing innovative and sustainable food sources is a key priority for Europe. How will spatial planning cope with greater use of aquaponics?

Smart home technologies: The Internet of Things now increasingly includes electronic devices operating in our homes. How will our everyday behaviours and personal relationships change as a result?

Electricity storage (hydrogen): With renewable energy technologies being deployed throughout Europe, ‘smart energy use’ is now upon us. How can electricity storage improve Europe’s energy resilience and will we live ‘off-grid’ in the future? Research into new storage technologies is

Read in-depth report….
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/IDAN/2015/527417/EPRS_IDA(2015)527417_REV1_EN.pdf

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