From genome editing to deep learning,
and from blockchain to quantum computing, the rise of emerging technologies
poses a number of opportunities, threats and risks to society. Emerging
technologies provide affordances to innovative products and services that can
potentially revolutionize fields like medicine, transport and finance. They may
also result, however, in unwelcome side-effects, unintended consequences and deliberate
harms to particular groups and individuals, as well as entire systems and the
environment. Questions about whether emerging technologies should be regulated
at the national level, and how precisely governments should encourage and
respond to them, are controversial. Precautionary approaches may discourage
investment and make countries lose ground with respect to other economies.
Permissive regimes may put consumers and natural environments at risk.
Governments, business firms and the civil society are expected to play a role
in (re-)designing how emerging technologies will be regulated, re-regulated and
This series invites contributions on
the intersection between technological development and the processes of
promoting, steering and regulating the development and applications of emerging
technologies. Books will address theoretical issues, such as what drives the
development of new technologies, how new technologies reconfigure governance
systems, and the effects of new technologies on democracy, accountability,
efficiency, economic growth, justice, power, legitimacy, sustainability and inclusion.
Empirically, the series welcomes contributions that address any area of
emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, control of sensor
networks and Internet-of-Things, robotics, cryptocurrencies, renewable energy
sources, nano-technologies, genetic therapies, smart cities, and the significance
of space and technology to future development.