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Gloomy Forecast for the Prophets of Apocalypse and Bright Forecast for Chemists

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  • Prof. Ehud Keinan

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    1. The Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Technion City, Haifa 32000 (Israel)
    2. The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037 (USA)
    • The Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Technion City, Haifa 32000 (Israel)
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Abstract

The human population, doubling every 50 years, creates global problems, including limitations on energy, raw materials, food, water, health, and air. However, the future of humankind seems bright thanks to the even faster growth of human knowledge, doubling every 18 months, and the unpredictability of science. Our global challenges are likely to be met by yet unknown technologies, mostly invented by chemists.

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