The future of scientific research in the UK
Plans have been unveiled to grant British science research an extra £2 billion a year. The announcement was made in a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May who promised that the funds will be pumped into new science research every year starting in 2020.
Naturally at How It Works we’re very happy about the news but none of us can quite agree on how the money should be spent. Who gets your vote?
James Horton (Staff Writer)
“A boost to science funding will come as a great relief for the incredible researchers that are currently working in the country. And personally, I’d love to see the money invested in blue skies research. Exciting and pioneering fields such as synthetic biology and artificial intelligence appear to be at a tipping point, but further exploratory research is needed before they can fulfil their mammoth potential.”
Charles Ginger (Production Editor)
“I’d like to see it invested in the AI industry, but with the caveat of using some of the funds to establish an AI Board of Ethics to keep things in check.”
Jackie Snowden (Deputy Editor)
The prospect of extra investment in science is great news. I’ll admit I have a bit of a vested interest, as I’m studying for a masters in stem cell research. Increased funding in this field would mean more studies and clinical trials, which could lead to many life-saving treatments for currently incurable diseases.
It will also be important for us to invest in emerging technologies like quantum computing and artificial intelligence, which could truly revolutionise the world. Continuing vital research into renewable energy solutions would also be a priority; developing more efficient and innovative systems would help wean the world off our reliance on fossil fuels. Ultimately, investment in science makes a difference and helps shape the future. Let’s hope it’s not an empty promise…
Dave Harfield (Editor in Chief)
“I was just 14 months old when the last man landed on the Moon and I’d love to see more research into the economic and scientific benefits of building a permanent outpost on our natural satellite.”
Laurie Newman (Assistant Designer)
“Lets spend it on what makes up the 71% of Earth- our oceans. We know more about space than our deepest oceans. The more we know about the deep blue the more chance we have in protecting the creatures that inhabit it.”
Jack Griffiths (Senior Staff Writer)
“I’m still amazed by the recent annoucements of potential Martian exploration but I think we currently need to look closer to home than the Red Planet. We need to invest in more alternative energy production to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels and the adverse effects of climate change. Aside from that, gene changing technology and research for new antibiotics could help the human race to no end”
Do you agree or diagree with us? If you have any ideas on how the money should be spent, please let us know in the comments below!