THE LIVES TO COME
Thinking the future is a defining aspect of the human condition, with science and technology increasingly serving as key propellers to articulate our visions of the future, in public discourse and individual lives alike. The implementation of these visions is becoming ever more rapid, with technoscientific innovation joining other key domains of society on that slope of pervasive acceleration that characterizes our times. Against this background, taking the time to think and rethink our future, and do so with the necessary depth, appears like an ultimate yet acutely necessary luxury. All the more so once we perceive the breadth of changes that are unfolding in our societies, often along contradictory directions. Well beyond the sociotechnical imaginaries of current biomedicine, with its expansive ambition to reshape health and its very notion, we live at times of radical experimentation in virtually all key domains of our communal life, from the emergence of new political forms and democratic templates to the resurgence of value-laden divisions that cut across the very fabric of humanity. Celebrating the legacy of Umberto Veronesi, in his visionary pursuit of science and politics, the XIIth conference on the Future of Science aims to offer a much needed space for high-profile yet accessible engagement with the key innovations, scientific and societal alike, that are going to shape the lives to come.
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