Photonic Sensors

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 193–202 | Cite as

Optical sensing: the last frontier for enabling intelligence in our wired up world and beyond

  • John CanningEmail author
Open Access


Consigned to the shadows of telecommunications, optical sensing has often taken a back seat in a young person’s mind when considering the importance of photonics, or optics, to the advancement of the society and of knowledge. Here, I touch on briefly how broad optical sensing and sensing generally has become and how and why it is becoming the catalyst for the convergence of many technologies and in the process raising significant philosophical questions about the transformation of our society and indeed ourselves. In doing so I touch on many of the complexities in real life that influence the breakthroughs we see today, including a healthy speculation and critique on our society and an awareness of the motivations to improve it that drive many of them.


Optical sensors galactic village global village wireless smartphones science fiction energy medical biodiagnostics education students optical fiber 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Photonics Laboratories (iPL), School of ChemistryThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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