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dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, Jan Cornelius
dc.description.abstractTechnology Assessment (TA) is an interdisciplinary field that deals with emerging, technology-induced societal problems for the purpose of shaping technology and technological development. TA is a perfect case for problem-oriented interdisciplinarity at the science-society interface. This chapter goes further and sheds light on a specific approach in TA, namely Prospective Technology Assessment (ProTA), which includes critical-reflexive elements in a prospective or anticipatory assessment of science and technology in very early phases of new and emerging knowledge fields; in this light ProTA can also be seen as an assessment of science (Liebert/Schmidt 2010). ProTA complements and extends well-established methods of Technology Assessment that have been used in policy consultancy from the late 1960s on. Applications of this approach to the field of synthetic/systems biology illustrate interdisciplinary core elements of Prospective Technology Assessment. It turns out that the critical-reflexive concept of interdisciplinarity incorporated in ProTA can be regarded as meta-instrumentalist: Thus ProTA contributes to the self-critique and self-reflexivity of the science/technology system.
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dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::P Mathematics & science::PD Science: general issues::PDR Impact of science & technology on society
dc.subject.otherHistory of Science; History of Technology; Philosophy of Technology; Scientific Ethics; Synthetic Biology
dc.titleChapter 8 Technology and the future
dc.title.alternativeAdvancing prospective technology assessment
oapen.relation.isPartOfBookPhilosophy of Interdisciplinarity
oapen.pages24 & Francis open access titles are reviewed as a minimum at proposal stage by at least two external peer reviewers and an internal editor (additional reviews may be sought and additional content reviewed as required).
oapen.peerreviewProposal review
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peerreview.reviewer.typeExternal peer reviewer
peerreview.titleProposal review

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