28 February 2023
With increased computing power available, progress in the development of machine learning and unprecedented access to data, digital technologies are transforming scientific research. These technologies are helping us solve problems and find answers to questions that have been unsolvable until now. They are also disrupting the very nature of scientific research.
The Disruptive technology for research project seeks to understand the landscape of how new information and data-driven approaches have been applied to scientific research. It aims at articulating the impact, as well as the risks, such technologies can have, and outline cases of success, as well as seeking to understand the factors that have slowed adoption and how this might be improved.
A report to be published in 2024 will showcase how machine learning and data-driven technologies are already transforming scientific research and offer recommendations to improve their adoption. The report will address the following questions:
This report will also be an opportunity for the Royal Society to take a closer look at technologies that we believe could be playing a key role in the future of scientific research, including immersive technologies (Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality) and large language models. On this page you will find summaries of workshops and roundtables we have held with experts on these technologies.