Futures for Technology and Scientific Research
In this book, we have explored how researchers record their research and how current digital technologies can facilitate the capture and organisation of research data and the research record. In this chapter, we take a look at how newer technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence can provide new ways for researchers to make use of and interact with their own scientific data and scientific data created by others. We examine the role of the Internet of Things in not only capturing data through the use of sensors and connected systems, but also how such devices can be used to interact with data and capture scientific activities. We also look at how wearables and smartphones can be used in science. Technology can make our lives simpler or more complicated, and more natural ways of interacting with computers may make the technology simpler and more intuitive to use. In this chapter, we will also look at a variety of ‘natural interfaces’ with some examples of how they have been used in applications for science. Finally, we will take a look at how the technologies might be brought together to provide smart environments and intelligent assistants to facilitate the everyday activities of scientists and helping to provide alternate ways of capturing the scientific record.