Factsheets - future science

The Royal Society have created factsheets relating to evidence based policy reports. Teachers may use these to expand their own subject knowledge, build lesson plans, and engage with their students on a variety of topics focusing on the future of science and technology. The factsheets are freely accessible and available for anyone to use.

Age Range: Primary and Secondary Type: Teacher Resource

Neural interfaces

These factsheets are linked to the Society's iHuman neural interface perspective.

Neural interfaces and brain-computer interfaces blur the lines between mind and machine. They have the potential to transform medicine and fundamentally change how we interact with technology and each other. At the same time, neural interfaces raise critical ethical concerns over issues such as privacy, autonomy, human rights and equality of access. You can watch a 3 minute animation introducing neural interfaces via our YouTube channel.

Animate materials

This factsheet is linked to the Society's Animate materials perspective.

Animate materials are created by humans to have lifelike properties: in other words, these materials can sense, move, change shape, and adapt to their environment. They are currently at the forefront of material science research, and materials developed in the future could have a transformative effect on all spheres of life. You can watch a 2 minute video by Mark Miodownik introducing animate materials via our YouTube channel. You can also access our classroom resources on animate materials.

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