Good afternoon Chairman and panel, ladies and gentlemen. The topic for discussion is “Science drives Technology”, clearly my team is here to today to negate that statement to indicate to you that it is not science which drives technology but the other way around. People often confuse science and technology. Briefly, scientists (science) discover new aspects of Nature. Engineers and inventors (technology) use scientific discoveries to design and build new things. Scientific endeavors rely on an inexhaustible number of technologies. These range in sophistication from as simple as a paint brush to magnetometers. Many of the tools available to collect and process data, make observations, record and share information and test hypotheses about the natural world were designed because there was a scientific need. In other words, there was a scientific endeavor that could not be pursued until the right tool existed. According to the Oxford dictionary, Science can be defined as “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Now that this technology is available, many different scientists are now able to utilize the data obtained to pursue a range of questions. This technological advancement is thus driving science. Science responds to the needs and interests of the societies in which it takes place. A topic that meets a societal need or promises to garner the attention of society is often more likely to be picked up as a research topic than an obscure question with little prospect for a larger impact. Science is done by people, and those people are often sensitive to the needs and interests of the world around them, whether the desired impact is more altruistic, more economic, or a combination of the two. The curiosity to develop technology to survive in modern life has made the topic arise “does science drive technology?” For...
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