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Ten Questions Science Must Answer, from the Royal Society

On its 350th anniversary, the Royal Society invites 10 big thinkers to isolate the most pressing questions of our time.


To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Society, its president, Martin Rees, invited 10 big thinkers to isolate the most pressing questions of our time. The Guardian has a great write-up of the 10 questions science must answer.

They are the following:

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The Future of Journalism (and Everything) Is Data

Tim Berners-Lee believes data is the future of journalism. It might also be the future of the humanities. Reading (code) just became fundamental.


Tech-prognosticator Tim Berners-Lee believes the future of journalism is data analysis. From the Guardian:

Speaking on Friday at the launch of the first government datasets for spending by departments of more than £25,000, he was asked who will analyse them once the geeks have moved on. What's the point? Who's really going to hold government, or anyone else, accountable?

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An introduction to GOOD's new series from the Institute for the Future

Never Google the word "futurist." Besides the conflation with Futurism, the early 20th century fascist-leaning art movement, the world’s gateways to knowledge are far from instructive on the subject. Clichés and caricatures abound, with media coverage dominated by allusions to crystal balls and prophesy and the messianic predictions of techno-utopians. The general public's sense of what futurists are is not entirely flattering, and rarely accurate.

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