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20 questions for 2020

By Wang Yiqing, Liu Jianna, Yao Yuxin, Pan Yixuan, Wang Kan and Zhang Zhouxiang | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2019-12-31 10:55

Q: How to strike a balance between scientific development and research ethics?

A: The rapidly developing technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and gene-editing have unleashed huge innovation potential. But people are also concerned that these promising technologies, if unregulated, could become a Pandora's box, which might bring about unexpected dangers and have unintended consequences.

Given the crisis of science ethics, several countries have stepped up efforts to formulate legislation and set up ethical standards for scientific research. China too needs to accelerate legislation on emerging technology fields, set up standards for the application of technology, and launch publicity campaigns to raise people's awareness of science education.

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