THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE - Special Edition - Digital Revolution
The digital gaze is a defining feature of our age, bringing about profound changes at the social and scientific level alike: from medicine to art, from politics to economics, all domains of our civilization, and all aspects of the human condition they pertain to, have by now entered an era of accelerated digitization. The implications are profound. In the life sciences, the biotechnological toolkit allows to study biological phenomena more and more as integrations of digital data: from genomes to epigenomes, from cells to organs, all more or less classically defined levels of biological organization are now amenable to a digitizing ambition that probes them as representations of our health and diseases, avatars of virtually all aspects of human biology that are being progressively domesticated as objects of inquiry and experimentation. All the while, the pervasive digitisation of our knowledge and relationships is yielding just as many avatars of human sociality: the profiles of our consumption, the traces of our ideas and emotions, the patterns and locations of our exposed lives that have come to represent the increasingly fragmented projections of our selves into the global digital arena.
THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE is a cycle of annual international conferences jointly organised by Fondazione Umberto Veronesi, Fondazione Silvio Tronchetti Provera, and Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The aim of the Conferences is to examine the importance of scientific development as a mean of improving the quality of our lives, and to delineate a new role for science in the society of the third millennium.
The idea of these conferences springs from an awareness that the problems and dilemmas generated by unrelenting scientific and technological progress are not being adequately discussed in society as a whole. As science exerts an ever more pervasive influence on our lives, society seems ill-informed about the short and long term implications of scientific advance, and in particular is unaware of the social, economic and cultural consequences of the continuous technological revolution.
Experts of international renown from various spheres and disciplines have been invited to give their points of view on these issues − which are crucial to the destiny of our society − addressing a public of scientists, philosophers, theologians, industrialists, politicians, economists, journalists, students and others interested in the social, economic and political consequences of constant scientific development.