The Dark Side of Innovation

12 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2020

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Alex Coad

Waseda University

Paul Nightingale

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Jack Stilgoe

University College London

Antonio Vezzani

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

Date Written: August 1, 2020

Abstract

We provide a broad discussion of the dark side of innovation, before introducing the papers of the special issue. We start with a critical reply to optimists, complementing the list of indicators showing steady human progress with a list of indicators that show sustained deterioration (largely due to innovation). We then outline some relevant dimensions of harmful innovation, before distinguishing between the types of harm brought on by innovation. We conclude with an overview of the SI papers.

Keywords: Innovation, regulation, employment, environment, well-being, technology

JEL Classification: O30, O33

Suggested Citation

Coad, Alex and Nightingale, Paul and Stilgoe, Jack and Vezzani, Antonio, The Dark Side of Innovation (August 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3702754 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3702754

Alex Coad (Contact Author)

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Paul Nightingale

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) ( email )

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Jack Stilgoe

University College London ( email )

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Antonio Vezzani

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies ( email )

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