• Question: how can science change the world?

    Asked by Demi-Lee to Rob, Imad, Fern, Christian, Carol on 19 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Carol Wallace

      Carol Wallace answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      I think that science has already changed the world, it’s a constant process.
      Every new discovery usually has implications for the world – sometimes not in a good way or not applied as it was meant to be.

    • Photo: Fern Johnson

      Fern Johnson answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      I agree with Carol, it already has in vast ways – imagine the world 100 years ago, we couldn’t send anything into space, we didn’t have computers or the internet. We didn’t even have antibiotics, so a simple infection could be lethal. We didn’t have a vaccine that can prevent cervical cancer. I don’t think in 2119 the world will be as different as today is from 1919, but there’s still much more to do. My job has only existed for around 6 years, and I can’t wait to see how genetic testing develops in the future.

    • Photo: Rob Ives

      Rob Ives answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      It is knowledge that changes the world. As we learn more about the science of how the world works, from how the seas maintain life to how renewable energy can be sourced to how our bodies fight disease, we can make (hopefully) sensible decisions based on this. Sometimes we make poor decisions, but the more we understand, the more likely we are to make good decisions. This is why your education is so important and why your teachers do the most important job in the world.