As the 21st Century progresses, science and technology continue to pave new roads. However, as humans evolve, the dependency of technology in society must be put in check. Without conscience and a sense of control, advanced technological systems such as CRIPSR/CAS9 and AI could overwhelm human control and power.

Genetic engineering and genome editing have been hot topics over the past couple years. A new breakthrough, CRIPSR/CAS9, has turned the idea of genetic modification into reality. As this new tool is introduced into reality, the social and psychological implications are endless. Francois Rabelais, a French humanist and satirist, offers his take on the potential implications of science: “Science without conscience is the soul’s perdition.” For Rabelais, knowledge and a sense of conscious must be present in dealing with science. With a technology such as CRIPSR, a lack of human influence could result in terrible social implications that would effect humanity forever.

Artificial Intelligence has taken impressive strides over the last decade. Whether it’s Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, smart AI assistance is rapidly becoming a regular part of our everyday lives. Movies in popular culture such as Her (2013) have highlighted the potential dangers of such technologies. This type of artificial intelligence skews our reality and distracts us from what is important. AI must be kept in check.

STS is a subject that should be emphasized in educational institutions. As technology improves, it is imperative that humans take control of their developments and inventions. As a student in a STS course, I believe the study of science, technology, and society grants individuals the knowledge and understanding when analyzing the dangers and possibilities of technology in the 21st Century.