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Not-so-smart technology

We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. We’re living in a new era where pioneering technologies are altering every aspect of life. As far as we’ve come, there are still many problems that are yet to be solved. Scientists are issuing dire warnings about climate change, machine technology is redefining the workforce and diseases like Alzheimer’s are on the rise as we face an ageing population. 

In 800 words or less, identify and discuss a problem in the world that has yet to be solved by contemporary science and technology. Your answer could reflect on any issue big or small, such as the number of robots that do chores or the degree of cultural diversity in smartphone apps. 

Why do you think this problem remains unsolved? What does it say about how technology is created, and the people behind it? Do you think technology will solve this problem in the future?

Your 800 words essay could consist of:

– A news story on the state of medical technology around the world.

– An investigation into how science and technology is developed, from funding to sales.

– An essay on an unsolved issue that is personally important to you.

Don't forget to look at the section 'How to write your essay' for some tips and tricks before submitting.

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