Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 5: The Opportunity of all Time

Ideas Massey Lectures 2012, Part 5: The Opportunity of all Time

Thanks to the incredible pace of technology and the Internet, things are moving faster than ever before. There are advantages to this, but also disadvantages. Instant access to information is transforming the way we work and learn, but the speed of our lives leads to short-term thinking and isolation. Neil Turok says that "we are analog beings living in a digital world, facing a quantum future." That future has the potential to be a bright one. Surrounding ourselves with digital information accessed through digital devices may be an unnatural fit for our analog existence, but quantum computers – which can store and process nearly limitless information, and will be capable of things we have never seen before – could be the next leap forward in our evolution. But given how our technology shapes us, we need to be particularly mindful of how we shape our technology. So it's more important than ever to examine science's relationship with society. As scientists become more isolated, they lose their sense of a wider purpose. The pursuit of science becomes a series of academic or technical problems to be solved. Meanwhile, society hungers for new discoveries and technologies without understanding them. We need to connect our science to society, and to our humanity. In order to understand the cosmos, we need to understand ourselves, and vice versa.

  • 2012
  • 00:53:59
  • 13-14
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Cosmology [LCSH] Discoveries in science [LCSH] Research -- Social aspects [LCSH] Science [LCSH] Technology [LCSH]
Neil Turok (Narrator), Paul Kennedy (Host), Philip Coulter (Producer)
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