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‘Existing technologies can deal with global problems’

The world already has many of the technologies it needs "to address major global problems such as water shortages and disease", argues a report from London nanotechnology consultancy Cientifica. The report, Using Emerging Technologies to Address Global Risks, suggests that: "Many other emerging technologies are being developed that would allow the world to support 10 billion people without compromising the tremendous growth in quality of life that has taken place over the last century."

While what is lacking, says Cientifica, is “the political will and necessary international institutions, we now have the knowledge and the tools to make the transition from being mere consumers of, and in some respect slaves to technology, to making use of the new scientific revolution to mitigate and minimise global risks.”

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