Science and society have shared an interesting and dynamic relationship throughout many points in history. During both World Wars, society pushed for technological advances so that we could have superior weapons and medicine. It is what eventually led to the Manhattan Project. But in the same context, it is what also led to the international Non-Proliferation Treaty that promoted nuclear disarmament. At other times, society and government have worked to limit and censor scientific progress. During Pol Pot’s tyrannical rule over Cambodia and China’s cultural revolution, intellectuals were persecuted and scientific advancement was severely restricted. Even in today’s society, Donald Trump continues to deny climate change and American scientists are left with budget cuts to their work. Due to these events, I believe the government definitely has no role in regulating science. Scientists from all nations deserve to be in control of their own research but ultimately it is up to the government whether or not new technology should be implemented.
Out of all the TED talk videos, Juan Enriquez’s “What will humans look like in 100 years” captivated me the most. I am enthralled by the future and its potential in technology. Just 100 years ago, we didn’t have any of the high tech gadgets we do today. Imagine what the world will be like in 2117. Like Enriquez suggested, perhaps humans will be bionically augmented, surgically or otherwise. At the rate we are churning out new technological advancements, it really might come true. Another concept I find very interesting is biological immortality. What if it could become a reality during my lifetime?
A really cool Youtube channel I recommend is “Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell.” They have some interesting videos related to biology (Death of Bees, Genetic Engineering, CRISPR, The Antibiotic Apocalypse) and beautiful animations too.