The advancement of technology is intertwined with scientific knowledge. For example, the invention of the cathode ray tube has had a profound impact on science, from television to the atomic nucleus. The understanding of how DNA works led to advances in other fields, such as DNA fingerprinting. Similarly, technological advancements have enabled scientists to identify genes and to map their locations.
Another example is the evolution of the human body and the evolution of the human species. As human beings evolve, so do our bodies and our brains. Technology advances make instruments cheaper and faster to make, making it possible to develop new vaccines. While it can be difficult to trace the history of a field through its members, the impact of advancing technology on science is equal. It helps scientists answer difficult scientific questions faster.
As a result, technological advancements have significantly enhanced the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge. While recent technological advancements have increased the generation of scientific knowledge, there are other factors that might limit its availability as a public good. In particular, lawyers have tended to focus their attention on national legal systems and may limit their scope to the sphere of scientific knowledge. They often assume that science is a “public good,” and they may ignore other considerations.
The use of new technology requires people, materials, tools, and know-how. As a result, it may also impact the environment. People may be told to stop using it altogether or reduce their use. These reactions may result in proposed solutions, such as the ban on leaded gasoline and asbestos-based insulation. These changes in technology are not inevitable. Therefore, it is possible to anticipate the impact of technology and its effects.