General Introduction

  • Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
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Technology touches every element of our lives. Sometimes, this happens in obvious ways—one need only to observe the pervasiveness of cell phones, the Internet or even more mundane commodities such as medicine, electricity and television—but technology also inhabits our lives in less obvious ways. For example, artificial intelligence technology plays a role every time we transfer money to a bank account, and nanotechnology and related particles are present in products as basic as sunscreen and cosmetics. Just as important are the—now hypothetical but soon-to-be real—applications of emerging and revolutionary technologies. Developments in these fields promise to dramatically affect our lives and the world around us. Scientists are currently working across disciplines on concepts like nano-particles that eliminate carbon dioxide (CO2) air pollution, customized and highly-targeted drug delivery systems, computers with smarter-than-human intelligence, as well as more fantastical things such as uploading one’s brain function, memories and personality on to a computer.


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© Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.St Antony’s CollegeOxford UniversityUK
  2. 2.Geneva Centre for Security PolicyGenevaSwitzerland

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