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03.10.2020


Anticipatory reads by GESDA


To the Moon and NOT back! Did you have a look at the full moon on Thursday night? Earth's satellite is getting more attention than ever, with NASA's Artemis programme at full speed (but still waiting for confirmation of its $28bn new budget!), and China revealing its rocket to send its taikonauts there.

Scientists are already trying to figure out how to establish long-lasting settlements, how to get the energy to allow them to survive even in the dark, what science to do there, and even how to use its resources: Japan just outlined plans to power spacecrafts with Moon ice.

But first, they will have to tackle a (known) issue: a new study just showed that astronauts on the Moon would be exposed to roughly 200 times the cosmic radiation levels as people on Earth. One possible solution: live underground! So: many ideas still to dig to determine the most efficient way to achieve that.

-- Olivier Dessibourg, GESDA

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NASA wants ideas for keeping Moon missions powered in the dark. Such technologies could be key to long-term lunar settlements.

Egngadget (EN)

The american public is ready to accept human-animal chimera research. 59% of respondents to a survey can personally go with the process of injecting human induced stem cells into genetically modified swine embryos.

Stem Cell Reports (EN)

What quantum computers reveal about innovation. Today’s small, limited, and finicky machines may yet have business uses. But Venture capital is often the last guest to arrive at the party.

The Economist (EN)

Growing momentum behind carbon capture can make it a new clean energy success story. Without it, our energy and climate goals will become almost impossible to reach.

Euractiv (EN)

Compact nuclear fusion reactor is ‘very likely to work’. The long-elusive goal of mimicking the way the sun produces energy might be achievable.

New York Times (EN)

The US and UK signed an agreement to jointly advance trustworthy AI. The Americans and their allies fear China is going to surpass them in the field.

AXIOS (EN)

New brain-computer interface transforms thoughts to images. University of Helsinki uses AI machine learning to imagine what you’re thinking.

Psychology Today (EN)

Electronic blood vessels could replace damaged arteries. The invention was tested in rabbits.

New Scientist (EN)

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This selection is proposed by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator GESDA, working on anticipating cutting-edge science and technological advances to develop innovative and inclusive solutions for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants.


GESDA and the reason for anticipation


Humanity is facing more than ever global challenges (with regards, e.g., to the COVID-19 crisis), putting people and the planet under stress and in great uncertainty. Simultaneously, the world is experiencing breakthroughs in science and technology at an unprecedented pace, sometimes hard to grasp. Anticipation is therefore key to build the future with the aim to early and fully exploit this scientific potential for the well-being and inclusive development of all. The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator has been founded in Geneva in 2019 to tackle this issue.

GESDA's ambition is first to anticipate and identify these cutting-edge science and technology advances in various domains (Quantum revolution & advanced AI, Human augmentation, Ecoregeneration and Geoengineering, Science and Diplomacy). Then, based on this panoramic scientific outlook, it will translate those potential sci&tech leaps into tools to develop effective and socially inclusive solutions to emerging challenges. Most importantly, this process will be achieved not only by scientists or technologists, but will include actors of various other professional origins and mindsets (diplomacy, philanthropy, industry, citizens, youth).


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