Introduction - The Pulse of Society
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Introduction - The Pulse of Society
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Introduction - The Pulse of Society
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The Pulse of Society

    The advances we cover in the Radar are reshaping, or will reshape, how we see ourselves as human beings, the way we interact with each other and our relation to the environment — and that means their applications, their potentials and implications are discussed broadly. We monitor public debate using a machine learning algorithm that analyses conversations about the emerging topics presented in the radar on the world’s media and online social platforms. We aim to understand how discussions and sentiments about science and technology issues vary between regions, age groups and topics, and to help identify the fields that require a broader societal debate. Again, these will inform the direction of future work.

    For example, we have identified that the future of economics is being discussed extremely widely, while the conversation about anticipated applications in augmented reality is primarily dominated by younger age groups. Ethical concerns about artificial intelligence are being strongly voiced on social media, but there is very little recognition of actual or potential regulatory measures. Military applications of science and technology such as biological weapons, AI and quantum computers are viewed very critically. On the other hand, there is positive sentiment about new technologies that promise to improve teaching outcomes, the rapid expansion of educational technologies and the way that people can exchange tips about upskilling opportunities on social media. More insights from this machine learning-based analysis are written up in the body of the report.

    This year we have also innovated with a tool for monitoring civil society and private citizen activity around the scientific emerging topics included in the radar. We looked at four areas of activity: raising of public awareness; entrepreneurial endeavours; policy-oriented action that shapes and drives discussions in society, and direct contributions to science and technology — by biohacking, participation in clinical trials or citizen science endeavours, for example. These insights are updated on a monthly basis on the radar’s digital platform.

    Our monitoring found that a significant share of the actors monitored do indeed act in the areas of the advanced topics considered in this report. This ranges from the creation of open-source and sandbox initiatives to spur entrepreneurial activities for the metaverse and artificial worlds, to crowdfunding for negative emission technologies in the context of decarbonisation or do-it-yourself science in the area of genetic engineering.

    Our monitoring demonstrated that it is indeed possible to monitor public opinion and activity in a useful way; the results are discussed within the Debates section.