The job of science is to discover things. They discover new technology, new drugs, new treatments, and new machinery. They discover artificial implants. If your heart is not working. This can be fixed by replacing with artificial pacemaker.
The future of all the discovery relies on politics and economics. The technology lasts long if it drives economic to the world or if it has gains for political issues. The discovery of atom bombs, nuclear bombs, and missiles were popular because it helped during the world wars during mid 20th century.