Tagged: Horizon Scan

Forest health in a changing climate - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 27, 2017

By Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng, Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland There’s still so much to learn about forests ecosystems, especially threatening processes in a changing world. We know forests are essential for human health and well-being. They supply food and building materials for people across the globe and forests also store carbon, regulate … Read More

Demographic disruption in New Zealand - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 25, 2017

By Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. This second decade of the 21st century is proving to be one of the most transformative globally and locally, especially in terms of demographic change. The consequences for the ageing of societies from the pipeline effects of the baby boom in the … Read More

‘Smart robots’ and the law - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 22, 2017

By Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan, Director of the New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, University of Otago The European Parliament’s Draft Report on Robotics has certainly captured the public imagination, and it’s easy to see why. Proposals about ‘smart robots,’ ‘robot killswitches’ and ‘electronic persons’ perfectly capture the zeitgeist, where talk of … Read More

Water fluoridation – what to expect in the near future - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 21, 2017

Community water fluoridation (CWF) will persist in science news for the foreseeable future – not for any valid scientific reason but because of reaction to political pressures against it. This is particularly so in New Zealand where our parliament will be discussing legislative changes to fluoridation decision-making this year. This is not to say that all the relevant news will be … Read More

Thinking about machines that “Think” - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jan 19, 2017

The biggest futurist thing for me this last year has been the progress and hype around artificial intelligence. Three quotes encapsulate the current state of artificial intelligence, and aspects of its future over the short term. Stephen Hawking made a Dickensian AI gambit with his quote:  Artificial Intelligence is “either the … Read More

The “Great Acceleration” is cause for great concern. - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 18, 2017

By Prof Ralph E H Sims, Massey University, Palmerston North The future for secure and peaceful human life on our planet is under threat. A wide range of socio-economic indicators that illustrate global growth parameters from 1750 to 2010 confirm the rapid acceleration that has become particularly evident over the past six decades as world population … Read More

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