“Change is one of mankind’s
most mysterious creations”
ince the dawn of time, man has interacted with the
environment. Observation without interaction is and always
was a logical impossibility.
Questions ensue; answers have not always been
forthcoming, although they do emerge through incremental
shifts and the occasional bout of sudden inspiration.
Scientists and researchers look for answers every day. It is the
very pervading core and deﬁnition of our vocation; much like
that of a Philosopher. We pursue an almost primal need to
understand the universe and thereby make people’s lives easier.
The scientiﬁc knowledge accumulated in the last centuries,
(and the 20th especially) has had the greatest impact on
society, due to the rapid development of new technologies.
Science within one hundred years has changed our life
more than any other single force in the last thousand.
cience has opened an abundance of
new ﬁelds; where people can apply
themselves and new career possibilities.
From developing products that make the
lives of people easier, to answering questions
about existence: science changes lives.
It has changed the way people interact
and communicate. The inﬂuence of
new technological discoveries even
changed the way people think, work
and exchange information. From the
invention of the world’s ﬁrst automobile
in 1886 by Karl Benz; to the invention of
the telephone in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell, to the world’s ﬁrst digital
computer in 1937 from John Atanasoff: science is the key to our social evolution.
Breaking down the
hanks to years of research, today we are interconnected. A key breakthrough
came in 1973, when scientists at DARPA discovered a way to connect computers
to each other, ultimately leading to the most signiﬁcant invention in the late 20th
century – the Internet. The internet alone created billions of jobs; revolutionizing the
way we search for and ﬁnd information and thereby solve problems. Critically, it has
created a platform where people congregate to discuss and address problems, probing
for solutions. With today’s technologies we have begun to defeat cultural, linguistic
and age barriers to communication and interaction. Issues that retarded past progress
(such as talking to someone in another country) no longer exist, because of online
messaging. Web services like Google and Wikipedia have arguably eliminated the need
for purchasing encyclopedia.
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echnological innovations have
improved our way of life and
enhanced its speed. With the
constant need to work faster and more
efﬁciently – the rate of production of
these inventions is more rapid than ever.
Progress fed demand; demand now
Today’s new products are faster, more
widely accessible and solve a rich set of
problems. And yet they in themselves
now pose new problems, which must be
A new cycle of challenges is born. Science
needs technology and vice versa. They are
married, forever. And our experimentation
methods of today renew the vows for
efore scientists were doing real
life experiments to determine the
results of a theory they have. Today
experiments are being propagated to
a virtual environment and replaced
by computational research, with new
mathematical models. The outcome?
Greater numbers of scientists are putting
their theories to the test by using computer
simulations in a virtual environment.
That’s cheaper, more efﬁcient and allows
a magnitude of further experiments than
Our goal as scientists and researchers
is looking to the future to ﬁnd out what
problems might arise and thereby ﬁnd
efﬁcient solutions via new technologies. A
scientist is now a futurist more than ever