As we look ahead, the decade could be shaped by advances in nanotechnology, information technology, vertical farming, artificial intelligence, robotics, 4D printing, super-smart materials, neuroscience, the biological sciences and genetics.
Brain uploads, mixed reality environments, and the Internet of Life are just a few things we can look forward to in 2025. These are exciting and terrifying notions to ponder, but the ethics behind them may well be the most interesting part of what’s to come. How will we the people direct our steadily louder internet voice? Will we respect each other’s privacy, make all our own goods at home and live life in a virtual reality that anticipates our every need? What sort of policies should we create now to ensure a hospitable environment for innovation to grow?
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