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Potential for great change as technology advances

‘Cloned babies fear as stem cells are created from skin’ – The Daily Express

‘Cloned babies fear as stem cells are created from skin’ – The Daily Express

Sensationalist stories about the dangers of technological advancements are increasingly common – human cloning or Theresa May’s ‘snooper’s charter’ around the storage of personal data being prime examples. But many believe that in this age of rapid innovation, we’re a lucky generation. We live longer and modern devices make life easier. ‘It’s easy to say what the material benefits of technology are, but once you get used to something like a washing machine,
you tend to discount it because it becomes part of your world and you expect it,’ says Andrew Nahum, curator of technology and engineering at London’s Science Museum. ‘Many of today’s inventions are about making things easier.’
The last two decades have seen technological changes that we’re still only beginning to understand, says Nahum. As with many advances, there can be positive opportunities. ‘Electronic connectivity through the use of smartphones is the single, greatest societal change in our lifetime. It’s so huge, we’ve hardly begun to absorb the implications. So, too, are advances in scientific medicine and research – the chances of being successfully treated for conditions which were previously fatal have improved to an astonishing degree.’

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