Technology Assessment 2.0: Revamping Our Approach to Emerging Technologies
69 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2010 Last revised: 22 Oct 2013
Date Written: August 10, 2010
Emerging technologies such as synthetic biology and nanotechnology promise to solve many of humanity’s most serious problems, but they also pose the risk of adverse health effects, environmental degradation, and even dehumanization. Given the transformative yet destabilizing potential of such technologies, it is critical to maximize our understanding of them and their effects and to engage the public in their management early on. Predicting the course of a technology’s development and its consequences may not be realistic, but ongoing and methodical evaluation can help us to anticipate, avoid, and manage adverse consequences. In addition to carrying out technology assessment more effectively, we must broaden the assessment process beyond technical experts to involve the general public, whose lives are deeply affected by technology decisions. This Article recommends tools for carrying out more open, effective, and encompassing technology management.
Keywords: technology assessment, public participation, environment, technology
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