Today more than ever, these technological changes must make us aware of the importance of existing cultural diversity in the European context, its richness and the history that links different countries. The tendency to engage with digital content and people not present instead of people in our immediate presence is growing, and small-screen trance has become an accepted interpersonal norm in the workplace.
Our ability to synthesize short oligonucleotides typically 10 to 80 base pairs in length rapidly and accurately has been an essential enabling technology for a myriad of advances, not the least of which has been the sequencing of the human genome.
Space plays a significant role in all societies, as human beings, always and everywhere, modify the natural environment and transform it into a local cultural environment. It is not new, but technical enhancements continue to increase the speed, ease, and accuracy with which larger and larger sequences can be generated chemically.
While proponents of an elusive work-life balance may argue that you can always switch off digital technology, the reality is that [it] is not being switched off — not because it cannot, but there is now a socio-cultural expectation to be always available and responding in real-time.
Administrative tasks are being provided with high accuracy and reduced effort. It is not difficult to see even today that the image of the web is chaotic.
Indeed, heavy use of digital devices is widely encouraged because of the misguided idea that so-called multitasking makes us more productive. These are technologies driven by efforts to gain a more complete understanding of complex biological systems and an ability to manipulate such systems.
And then there are the worries about AI [artificial intelligence] and the technological displacement of labor. The worries focus on what information should be made available to everybody, what should be made available partially or not at all, and what kind of expert should be assigned to this task.
While that behavior is certainly not new, the rapid turnaround and instant responsiveness of the internet and social media appear to be reinforcing it in ways that are ultimately undesirable, a situation that is further reinforced by the substitute of labeling and denunciations for examination and reasoning about facts.