When I sat down to think about what to say during this panel entitled «Are there ethical limits to what science can achieve or should pursue», I couldn’t help but feel intellectually stuck in three paradoxes, paradoxes that I think animate our condition today, and that I take as a point of departure for my talk.
First. Alongside the unprecedented potential of science and technology to solve complex global challenges, there is a perpetual threat of a catastrophe: from the atomic bomb to chemical, biological and robotic warfare, to genome editing, data-driven political elections, artificial intelligence – the foundations of civilization as we know them are at stake. Rupture may lie ahead of us – a future unknown to us. At the same time, there is a profound faith in technologized solutions to almost every problem – representing a form of technological utopianism.
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