Curiosity has already brought us far. For example, to the orbit of Jupiter, and that just 59 years after Sputnik became the first satellite to circle the Earth. Technological progress over time can appear exponential, especially when viewed in retrospect. Have we now reached the limits? Will intelligent machines be the masters of our future? Has human curiosity become obsolete?
Quite to the contrary: In my opinion, we can dare to be even more curious. That is what is required of us to properly grasp technical progress and to actively and responsibly shape our future. We need the curiosity to research throughout all areas of society. The mere fact that there are now seven billion humans presents us, and all the creatures with which we share this planet, with great challenges.
We love challenges at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and we too can look back on a history rich in curiosity and innovation. In 1668, Friedrich Jacob Merck laid the foundation for our company. Our development has progressed apace ever since. You can now find our ideas everywhere, such as in the liquid crystals in your display. The curiosity and persistence of our researchers are also to thank for the fact that the “seemingly living crystals” discovered by chance in 1888 have now become a technology that has forever transformed our daily lives. When you look at photos of the Jupiter probe Juno on your smartphone, you are most likely doing so with the help of our liquid crystals.
Through intensive research and development in our business sectors of Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials, we are doing our part to meet the challenges of the future. Over 50,000 Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany employees worldwide are working on technologies for a better life – driven by curiosity. We intend to continue down this path. I would be delighted for you to accompany us.
Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany