In 2018, we asked you to share your predictions about what science could hold for the next 20 years, and you responded in huge numbers. Predictions ranged from disease prevention and cure, to the automation of experimental workflows and big data analysis. In this article, we present just a few of our favorite predictions.
For two decades, SelectScience has been publishing news and content from the front line of scientific advancement, improving communication between leading scientists and the biggest and best manufacturers across the globe, as we work towards one common goal — making the future healthier. To mark our 20th anniversary in 2018, we decided to look forward another 20 years, asking leading scientists what they believe the future holds.
We had scientists from across the globe, and from a range of scientific disciplines, submitting their predictions. Here’s what they have to say about the direction of future scientific research:
Below are just a few of your fascinating contributions:
"I predict that smart sensors will allow continuous monitoring everywhere, to control pollutants, emissions and influence people's lives in real time. For instance, traffic suggestions in real time to avoid pollutant concentrations in certain areas during some moments of the day."
"Robots will do all the work, and there won’t be any technicians working in the lab anymore. Computers will self-learn the latest chemical structures and eventually will also take over the chemist's role in designing new chemical structures."
"In the next 20 years, everybody’s DNA will be sequenced and stored in a database, where information will be used for personalized medicine and preventative medical means. The concept of genome management will come to fruition."
"In 2040, the whole world will be getting better, and technology will play a big role in it. My prediction would be:
"I predict that we’ll have the ability to run automated retrosynthetic analysis. Software will automatically search the literature and in-house databases to choose the best route to a drug. This is equivalent to a chemist doing this activity. The software will have chemical intelligence and be able to interpolate the search results with predictions for novel reagent/solvent combinations."
Pharmaceutical companies will have to publish all results, and this might open our eyes to areas of science that are hidden to us. This might also allow pharmaceutical companies to stop doing repetitive experiments just because the results aren’t published, which is incredibly wasteful of resources.