Technology Assessment of Socio-Technical Futures: A Discussion Paper

Andreas Loesch, Knud Boehle, Christopher Coenen, Paulina Dobroc, Reinhard Heil, Armin Grunwald, Dirk Scheer, Christoph Schneider, Ariana Ferrari, Dirk Hommrich, Martin Sand, Stefan Aykut, Sascha Dickel, Daniela Fuchs, Karen Kastenhofer, Helge Torgersen, Bruno Gransche, Alexandra Hausstein, Kornelia Konrad, Alfred NordmannPetra Schaper-Rinkel, Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer, Alexander Wentland

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Problem: Visions of technology, future scenarios, guiding visions (Leitbilder) represent imaginations of future states of affairs that play a functional role in processes of technological research, development and innovation—e.g. as a means to create attention, communication, coordination, or for the strategic exertion of influence. Since a couple of years there is a growing attention for such imaginations of futures in politics, the economy, research and the civil society. This trend concerns technology assessment (TA) as an observer of these processes and a consultant on the implications of technology and innovation. TA faces increasing demands to assess imaginations of futures that circulate in the present and to participate in shaping these through scenarios or foresights. More than ever, this raises the question, which propositions can be made based on these imaginations by TA and how this can be used in …
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocio-Technical Futures Shaping the Present
Subtitle of host publicationEmpirical Examples and Analytical Challenges
EditorsAndreas Loesch, Armin Grunwald, Martin Meister, Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-658-27155-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-658-27154-1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameTechnikzukünfte, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / Futures of Technology, Science and Society
ISSN (Print)2524-3764
ISSN (Electronic)2524-3772


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