mmm.bbb sends us a link to an Economist
article on a report issued on the future of science over the next 14
other things it claims that computer science is bringing
about a scientific revolution. Computers, the report says, need to be
integrated into every
field science and become more than just tools. Intelligent computers
play a role in formulating scientific hypotheses and designing and
running experiments to test them." More news on the report can be
found in a Techworld.com
article. The report itself, titled Towards
2020 Science (PDF format) was created by a panel of scientists
brought together by Microsoft
Research Cambridge, so perhaps it's no suprise it calls for
scientist everywhere to buy more computers. In addition to the report, a roadmap
of challenges (PDF format) that computer science must meet by 2020
was also created. For a quick summary of the 82 page report's 7 main
findings, read on.
The 82 page report provides a one page summary of their seven greatest
findings but even the summary reads like a it was produced by one of
those Dilbert memo generation scripts.
1. The transition of computers from a tool that supports scientist to a
machine that 'does' science represents a revolution in science.
2. Computing has become as important to biology as math is to physics.
3. Computer science "concepts and tools" forms a "golden triangle" with
"math and statistics" and "computing platforms and applications" that
will accelerate key breakthroughs in science.
4. It is "vitally important" to integrate conceptual tools from computer
science into all sciences.
5. Computers will lead to a "transformation of the scienctific
6. Better understanding of biological systems will result in new
developments in computer science.
7. All scientists should be computer literate so more money should be
spent on computers and computer training.