As a result, they identified 6 main areas and visualized them on this map. Most fascinating and closely related to my own interests are the topics on the right side of it:
- data intensive science spawns new disciplines
- science becomes gameified (i.e. fold.it)
- scientific papers are executable as code
- massively linked data becomes a public utility
- wikipedia of science models is created
- human microbiome is mapped
- organisms become programmable
- epigenetics informs real-time genome tweaking
- new lifeforms created from scratch (synthetic biology?!)
- engineered evolution
I am not an expert on the rest of the pack, “space-time cloaks” and “teleportation” still sound far too much like science fiction to me to bet on it. However, for the above-mentioned items, I can see they get realized (and have a major impact) during the next decade – some aspects of the list have already been covered in previous posts. Some of these “scientific projects” are already almost there, considering for example the advances in directed evolution, crowd-sourcing and open linked data. As any strange map, it conveys a certain set of ideas and contains some build-in bias – but going through them and discovering where it (mis-)matches with ones own views of the multiverse I always find illuminating.
Found via this article on boingboing.