We’ve entered an exciting new era of science where the masses can participate in cutting edge research through actual data collection, analysis or direct financial support. Just as our old media gatekeepers had the rug pulled out from underneath them, we’re seeing the first cracks in science’s ivory tower. The push for open access to scientific journals, the rise of citizen science, and the proliferation of place-based learning are all contributing to the “mass amateurization” of science and collectively ushering in a new age of scientific collaboration and investigation. Equal parts exciting and scary, in the next 50 years we could witness more scientific and technological breakthroughs than in our entire human history, or, you know, annihilate our planet and all the life it supports.
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