Brussels, 25 Apr 2005
The Millennium Project is seeking contributions to a survey on 15 challenges facing the world, including perspectives on how science and technology can improve the human condition.
The Millennium Project is run by the American Council of the United Nations University (UNU), and represents a global participatory network of academics, business planners and policy makers working for international organisations, governments, companies, NGOs and universities.
The project's aim is to continuously update and improve humanity's thinking about the future, and make that knowledge widely available for feedback - thus creating a geographically and institutionally dispersed think tank.
Among the 15 global challenges that participants are asked to give their views on is a question asking how scientific and technological breakthroughs can be accelerated to improve the human condition.
'Most people do not appreciate how fast science and technology will change over the next 25 years. The synergies and confluence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science - or NIBC - will dramatically increase individual and group performance and the support systems of civilisation,' reads an abstract. There is also a section for contributions covering European perspectives of this challenge.
Other questions put to participants for comment include: how can sustainable development be achieved for all; how can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone; and how can ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions.
The deadline for submissions to the project is 15 May.
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