Dr Afonso Ferreira, COST Head of Science Operations, emphasised the far-reaching impact of this change. This strategic brainstorming workshop laid the groundwork for a second workshop to be held from 30 June to 2 July 2009, where participants will discuss how the accelerating digital revolution will affect four major areas of society: energy, food security, natural resources management and life enhancement.
"This first brainstorming workshop identified key technologies that could be available by 2030 and their benefits for society. These outcomes will feed subsequent meetings where scientific experts will address the challenges ushered in by such technologies," explained Dr Ferreira. "We expect the proceedings and recommendations will serve as a valuable tool for policymakers, industry and researchers."
A third workshop, from 7 to 9 October 2009, will attempt to define our society in 2030, focusing on future cities, health, education, business and the impact on human behaviour. A wrap-up workshop will be held in January 2010 and an international dissemination conference is planned for June 2010.
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