Future Insights in Science and Technology

  • Ulrich A.K. Betz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Creating a Better World with Science and Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stefan Oschmann
      Pages 3-8 Open Access
    3. Ulrich A. K. Betz
      Pages 17-25 Open Access
    4. Ulrich A. K. Betz
      Pages 27-33
  3. Science and Technology at Its Best—Examples from Curious2018 Future Insight Conference Keynote Speakers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Mark M. Davis, Robert M. DiFazio
      Pages 41-45
    3. Peter J. Hotez, Ulrich Strych, Maria Elena Bottazzi
      Pages 75-85
    4. Rudi Balling, Jorge Goncalves, Stefano Magni, Laurent Mombaerts, Alice Oldano, Alexander Skupin
      Pages 95-103
    5. Nir Waiskopf, Uri Banin
      Pages 105-117
  4. Bright Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Naohiro Shichijo, Shinichi Akaike
      Pages 149-152
    3. Carl Naughton
      Pages 153-158
    4. Ulrich A. K. Betz
      Pages 159-162 Open Access
  5. Ulrich A. K. Betz
    Pages C1-C1

About this book


This book expands the debate on the future of science and technology at the Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference, held on the occasion of Merck’s 350-year anniversary. In the respective chapters, some of the world’s top scientists, managers and entrepreneurs explore breakthrough technologies and how they can be applied to make a better world for humanity.

Divided into three parts, the book begins with an introduction to the vision of the conference and to the importance of curiosity for innovation, while also exploring the latest scientific developments that are shaping the future of healthcare, medicine, the life and material sciences, digitalization and new ways of working together. In the second part, particular attention is paid to new therapies and diagnostics; here, readers will learn how synthetic biology and chemistry are being used to solve problems that are essential to the future of humanity. The role of in-silico research is also discussed. In the final part of the book, readers will find some thoughts on ethical principles guiding our application of science and technology to create a bright future for humanity.

Given its interdisciplinary appeal, the book will inspire curiosity in a wide readership, from scholars and researchers to professionals with an interest in exploring the future of science and technology, solving the problems of today, and paving the way for a better tomorrow.

Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 17 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License via

Book includes a foreword from J. Craig Venter.


healthy lives Therapies and diagnostics Disease Prediction synthetic biology Human immunology Infections role in cancer Neglected Diseases Materials for energy and environment Materials for medicine Cognitive Computing Curious2018-Future Insight conference Merck Innovation Cup

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich A.K. Betz
    • 1
  1. 1.Vice President InnovationMerck KGaADarmstadtGermany

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