Science, Technology & Wellbeing
How can we improve our lives? And how might science and technology help?
This Science Week discussion will bring together a range of people, including ordinary citizens, to consider science and technology in relation to wellbeing.
Science and technologies are meant to improve our lives, and they make many contributions to our health, lifestyle and economy, but sometimes they change things in ways we hadn't expected, or enhance some aspects of our wellbeing while eroding others. And while technologies are designed by people, they seem to develop in ways we don't have control over. So, are science and technology providing us with what we need to live good lives? How do we know? And what could we do about it anyway?
This discussion will focus on wellbeing, how we understand it, what the components of it are, and ideas for how it might be improved over coming decades. We will then discuss some recent developments in science and technology and how they affect human wellbeing.
The aims are to get a clearer picture of what wellbeing means to people and current issues of concern, to experiment with thinking about science and technology in new ways, and to help develop DIISRTE's new framework for community engagement about science and technology, STEP (Science & Technology Engagement Pathways; http://www.innovation.gov.au/step).
We welcome people from all walks of life and your fresh perspectives!
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