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The Five Most Revolutionary Scientific Trends to Look Out for in 2017

Neural prosthetics, driverless cars, geoengineering, and more.

by Zoltan Istvan
Dec 30 2016, 4:04pm

2016 was a powerful year for science and technology innovation. CRISPR gene editing technology became nearly a household name with its potential to affect humanity. SpaceX rockets landed themselves. And a baby was born with three parents.

But what's in store for 2017?

While some decry the developed world is falling apart due to changing political environments, science and technology innovation is likely to continue thriving. In fact, innovation is occurring so fast, I believe 2017 will be the year governments begin to consider forming new science, technology, and futurist agencies and organizations to better contend with the rapid change. The old ones are mired in bureaucracy, conservative religious ideology, and the past—unable to contend with issues like nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. Borrowing from  The Wizard of Oz, "We're not in Kansas anymore.

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