What Will Change Everything?

The Edge annual question, 2009: What will change everything?

Nobody ever voted for printing. Nobody ever voted for electricity. Nobody ever voted for radio, the telephone, the automobile, the airplane, television. Nobody ever voted for penicillin, antibiotics, the pill. Nobody ever voted for space travel, massively parallel computing, nuclear power, the personal computer, the Internet, email, cell phones, the Web, Google, cloning, sequencing the entire human genome. We are moving towards the redefinition of life, to the edge of creating life itself. While science may or may not be the only news, it is the news that stays news.

As ever, the respondents cover every topic of science with answers that are as enlightening as they are wide-ranging.

Now I just need to trawl through the previous questions at Edge’s World Question Center.

via Richard Holden