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How many environmentalists does it take to change a light bulb?
Should we be turning to nuclear power in our fight to stop global warming?
Should we be intervening in the earth’s climate, or is it a dangerous game?
Are geo-engineering projects a safe and sensible way to tackle global warming
Could we live without plastic bags?
Can wind turbines make an impact on climate change?
What will replace the jumbo jet in the 21st century?
Is it inevitable that robots will take over operations at hospitals in the future?
Will current and future research into optical illusions radically change our view of the physical world?
How else can we use virtual reality to combat disorders of the brain?
Will a scientific explanation of out-of-body experiences change our views on religion?
Do we really need wearable computer gadgets?
Is the Internet harming musical creativity?
Will touch-screen technology become the foremost tool of the PC in the years to come, or will the mouse bite back?
Is interactive broadcast drama just for young people, or will it capture an older market?
Instead of spending hours in virtual worlds increasing their carbon footprints, shouldn't people concerned about the environment switch off their computers and campaign in the real world?
Shouldn't children be out more mixing with their peers? Or are multi player online games the start of a new broader and improved virtual forum in which children share experiences?
Will virtual vacations help to give us the (real) travel bug or might they replace a holiday in the real world, with its fears about airport security and carbon emissions?
Can we expect computers to continue to radically change approaches to medical techniques, or are we living in a golden age?
Why don't we exercise more of the freedoms that come with inhabiting virtual worlds, rather than sticking to traditional behavior conventions?
Can Augmented Reality really change our perception of the world?
Will Internet-enabled mobile phones ever overtake usage on personal computers?
Can virtual reality heal the real mental scars of battle?
Will navigating virtual heritage worlds replace visiting archaeological sites?
How important is open source software and freeware in fostering innovation?
RNA interference: Medical revolution or false dawn?
What are the potential uses for "soft" morphing robots?
Will time travel ever be anything more than a theoretical possibility?
Are computer programs better suited to monitoring our behavior through security cameras than humans?
Do humanoid robots represent a model future or dystopian nightmare?
What do you think the limits are for online multi-player games?
Will neuroscience ever explain "consciousness"?
Are wearable computers a smart idea?
Which technological innovation would you most like to see developed?
In what areas of science and technology do you think nanotechnology will provide the greatest advances?
Are you worried by the advance of "Big Brother" technology such as spying airships?
What do you think are the limits of taking personal performance enhancing drugs?
Is public transport necessary?
How much does the natural world inform our technological developments?
Is the human exploration of space necessary?
Should nuclear power be a primary power source in the future?
What areas of life will responsive materials most benefit?
Where do you think technology will have taken us in fifty years?
Do you trust technology to make our everyday lives safer?
Will space really become accessible to all?
Is enough being done to develop pollution-free sources of energy for transportation?
Will our future be shaped more by technological advances or social needs and desires?
Does the privately-owned car have a place in the cities of the future?
With air passenger numbers set to triple in the next 15 years, do small supersonic jets have a valuable place in the future of aviation?
Where do you think the biggest break-throughs in transportation will come from and how will they effect our lives?
Could commercial enterprise and private funding provide the main source for space exploration in the future?
Do shape-changing buildings offer a sustainable and desirable vision of urban life?
What are the social implications of a society in which large amounts of personal information can be stored in online artificial memories?
Which area of space exploration do you think should be prioritized?
How would you like to see artificial muscle technology put to use?
Is human embryonic stem cell research justified given the likely clinical benefits?
Does Artificial Intelligence pose a greater threat or benefit to humanity?
Do scientists exaggerate how good -- or bad -- the future will be?
Can humanity handle technology?
Are we on the cusp of the next great evolutionary leap forward?
Heaven or hell: will technology destroy humanity or turn us into superhumans?"
As medical science advances - and implants become more common... Will your government intervene?
What impact will the internet have on your great grandchildren?
What effect will research into genetics, stem cells, robotics and cybernetics have on society?
Will science eventually build robots indistinguishable from human beings?
Do you or would you eat genetically modified food?
How would you feel if your surgeon was a robot?
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?
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Robotics
Cybernetics
"In a traditional bulb only 5-6 percent is converted into light, the rest is infrared radiation."

Professor Narendran, Director of Research Lighting Research Center, New York.
How many environmentalists does it take to change a light bulb?
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