Emerging technologies are constantly evolving, and their adoption and integration into society can lead to significant changes in the way we live, work, communicate, and interact. Identifying, explaining, and assessing emerging technologies that have the potential to change the world is at the core of what the Technology and Science Insights (TSI) team does at the UK’s Government Office for Science. They enable policy teams to keep up to date with a rapidly evolving technology landscape and respond to potential risks and opportunities. This interesting topic came to us from Gov.UK in their article, “Building a shared understanding of emerging technologies.”
Their data and expert insight supports government departments to make better strategic decisions on science and technology.
Emerging technologies are technologies whose development, practical applications, or both are still largely unrealized. These technologies are generally new but also include older technologies finding new applications.
People’s lives can benefit greatly when decisions are informed by pertinent data revealing hidden and unexpected connections and market trends. For instance, identifying and tracking genes associated with certain types of cancer can help inform and improve treatments. Often unaware and ordinary people, however, bear many of the costs and risks of participating in data markets. In many jurisdictions, the so-called data brokers are amassing and selling personal data, and this is a legal practice.
Most organizations have little knowledge on how artificial intelligence (AI) systems make decisions and, as a result, they can offer little insight into how the results can be applied.
Melody K. Smith
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