Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000, X, 192 pp.
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Scientific monograph treating the question how visions about future technologies can be assessed with regard to their sociological impact
One way to shape technology and its embedding in society in the 21st century is through the visions that guide their development, especially concerning the long-term societal perspective. A critical discussion and assessment of these visions is a prerequisite for influencing the course of development. Technology assessment, therefore, has to provide a methodological repertoire for assessing and constructing visions, taking into account the requirements for long-term orientation and the need for public legitimation. This volume draws upon insights from technology assessment (TA), political sciences, epistemology, sociology and ethics. It contributes to the recent literature on "shaping technology", taking into account the "co-evolution of technology and society". It is connected to the TA literature that emphasises TA's pro-active role and its contricution to political judgement. It uses those insights from policy planning and epistemology that may help to reconcile long-term planning and public legitimacy.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Co-Evolution - Technologie - Technologiefolgen - Technology Assessment - development - ethics - planning - robot - technology
Outline.- I Introduction.- Vision Assessment to Support Shaping 21st Century Society? Technology Assessment as a Tool for Political Judgement.- II Case Studies. Technology Assessment and the Role of Visions.- Technology Assessment as Metaphor Assessment. Visions Guiding the Development of Information and Communications.- Technology Assessment in the Health Care Area: A Matter of Uncovering or of Covering Up?.- Bloodless War or Bloody Non-Sense? Technology Assessment’s Role in Uncovering Old Propositions behind New Airpower Concepts.- III Visions and Societal Rationality.- Technology Policy between Long-Term Planning Requirements and Short-Ranged Acceptance Problems. New Challenges for Technology Assessment.- Replacing Human Beings by Robots. How to Tackle that Perspective by Technology Assessment?.- IV Conclusions.- The Lessons we Learnt: First Outline of Strategy and a Methodical Repertoire for Vision Assessment.- List of Authors.