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Tuesday, 28th April 2015

Ten Technologies Which Could Change Our Lives: Potential Impacts and Policy Implications

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service

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The ways in which the selected ten technology trends are set to transform European daily life are described as a series of two-page notes. Each trend has been chosen to reflect the diverse interests of stakeholders from across Europe and is aligned with the research priorities of the Parliament's STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) Panel: mobility; resource security; e-government and ICT; improving and maintaining public health.

An overview is provided for each trend followed by a summary of its key expected impacts. Each note also contains a section outlining some of the most significant unexpected impacts that could arise were the technology trend 'fully embedded' within society. This provides food for thought through posing a series of 'what if?' questions.
Each note also contains an analysis of some of the key legislative issues to stimulate thinking on how impacts of each trend could be better tackled with regulation.

The technologies considered in this report are:

1. Autonomous Vehicles
2. Graphene
3. 3D printing
4. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
5. Virtual currencies (Bitcoin)
6. Wearable technologies
7. Drones
8. Aquaponic systems
9. Smart home technologies
10. Electricity storage (hydrogen)

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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