ERIC Number: ED110390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-2
Reference Count: 0
Can Science and Technology Help Solve World Problems?
Gordon, T. J.
The problems and prospects of using science and technology to help solve world problems are briefly reviewed in this paper. Public attitudes toward these two areas have currently been changing due to recent scientific and technological developments that have been threatening or have had obvious deleterious consequences. Despite these criticisms, the need for innovative contributions from the basic and applied sciences and the physical and social technologies has never been greater. Institutional difficulties which inhibit these contributions are enormous but need to be overcome if science and technology are to make more important contributions to the solution of world problems and to improvements in the state of man. Possible institutional arrangements include the development of global models to which analysts in countries throughout the world contribute, a new United Nations organization which would conduct system studies and publish lists of urgently needed science and technology, the establishment of internationally linked science policies, a supranational team of experts, and an international monitoring system to forecast impending world crises. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the General Assembly of the World Future Society (2nd, Washington, D. C., June 2, 1975)