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Probable Meets Possible: Bio-Inspired Futures Rooted in the Right Now

University scientists in bio-based fields talk about probable challenges we face and possible advances that could have a profound impact on the future.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humans impact the planet at every scale from the composition of microbes in our soil to the function of entire ecosystems. Some suggest the current geological era should be called the Anthropocene in recognition of the outsized role we play in shaping the world around us. Our ability to understand how things work and, potentially, how to make them work for us to address pressing issues has never been greater. Given the rapid pace of discovery, what would it look like if we could time travel into the not-too-distant future. Experts talk about the probable challenges we face and the possible developments that could shape the future in profound ways.

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