In the coming weeks, the National Geographic Society will host its annual Science Show and the National Science Foundation will present its annual Discovery Awards.
But it’s not all about science.
The show is also about the future of technology, with guests and scientists from across the sciences sharing their thoughts on the future.
In an effort to better engage the audience, the Society’s panelists shared their thoughts about three technologies that are being touted as the next big thing in science and technology.
“This is a time of rapid change,” said scientist and chair of the Science Show, Dr. Michael Whelan.
“We’re in a new world where the technology that we’re seeing today is evolving so rapidly that the field is evolving with it.
We need to be ready to meet that challenge.”
Technology at its best: The three technology categories were designed to help highlight how new technologies are changing the way we live and work, but the panelists also shared their opinions about how they’re evolving.
“It’s not about a single technology that’s going to solve all of our problems,” said microbiologist Dr. Steven S. Kocher.
“It’s about what technologies are best suited to a given situation, and what are they best suited for.
And there are so many of these technologies that we can do.
So, the future is about a lot of these.
The question is, will we be able to adapt them?”
The Science Show is the first science-focused show on television, so the panel discussion focused on some of the hottest science-related topics of the day, like climate change, space exploration, and space technology.
But the panel was also keenly aware of how important technology is to the future, with the panelist explaining that technology is just one of many critical parts of our lives that we’ll need to get better at in the coming decades.
“Technology is not the only key to solving all of these problems,” Dr. Whelans said.
“And if you don’t have it, you’re going to have problems.”
For the science-oriented panelists, the biggest challenge is how to find a way to engage audiences in ways that will bring them to the show and not just watch a video.
But Dr. Kucher’s solution is not just to give the audience a new way to see and learn about science, but also to give them a way of getting their hands on science.
“If you want to be engaged with science, you need to have access to scientific knowledge,” he said.
The Science Shows Discovery Awards are also sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and will be televised live on Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.
For more information, visit nge.org/discovery-awards