Emerging Technologies: From Hindsight to Foresight

Emerging Technologies: From Hindsight to Foresight

By: Edna F. Einsiedel (editor)Hardback

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New technologies emerge all the time. Some technologies, however,are transformative: they introduce new forms of control, both throughformal systems of regulation and by informally shaping our behaviour.They have profound impacts and are often disruptive; they affect theway we work and play; they influence our mobility and lifestyle. Theyoffer hope and possibility while introducing new fears and unintendedconsequences. How should we think about these radical technologies? Too often oursocial reactions to new technologies occur only in hindsight, after atechnology has penetrated the marketplace. However, recent experienceteaches that much may be gained by practising forethought andforesight. Emerging Technologies addresses the ethical, legal, andsocial dimensions of emerging technologies and assesses their socialand policy implications. Contributors examine the development, impact,and governance of new technologies emerging from a variety of fields,including biotechnology, genetics, stem cell research, pharmacology,and nanotechnology.

About Author

Edna F. Einsiedel is a professor of CommunicationStudies at the University of Calgary. Contributors: Benjamin R. Bates, Tania Bubela,Michael Burgess, Timothy Caulfield, Edna F. Einsiedel, Rose Geransar,William Hallman, Susanna Hornig Priest, Holly Longstaff, Ed Levy, EmilyMarden, Chika B. Onwuekwe, Vural Ozdemir, Peter W.B. Phillips, LorraineSheremeta, Patrick A. Stewart, Stuart Smyth, James Tansey, Paul B.Thompson, Jacopo Torriti, Michele Veeman, and Bryn Williams-Jones


Introduction: Making Sense of Emerging Technologies / EdnaF. Einsiedel Part 1: Hindsight Learnings 1 GM Foods in Hindsight / WilliamHallman 2 Patentable Subject Matter: Who Owns What Knowledge?/ Chika B. Onwuekwe 3 Patents in the Public Sphere: Public Perceptions andBiotechnology Patents / Edna F. Einsiedel Part 2: Foresight Applications (Transgenic) Animal Farm 4 Of Biotechnology and Blind Chickens / Paul B.Thompson 5 Transgenic Salmon: Regulatory Oversight of an AnticipatedTechnology / Emily Marden, Holly Longstaff, and EdLevy Fields of Pharmas: Plant Molecular Farming 6 The Emerging Technology of Plant Molecular Farming/ Michele Veeman 7 Policy and Regulatory Challenges for Plant-MadePharmaceuticals in the United States / Patrick A.Stewart 8 Forestalling Liabilities? Stakeholder Participation andRegulatory Development / Stuart Smyth In the Stem Cell Fields 9 When Human Dignity Is Not Enough: Embryonic Stem CellResearch and Human Cloning in Canada / Tania Bubela andTimothy Caulfield Drugs -- Up Close and Personal: EngagingPharmacogenomics 10 Banking on Trust: Issues of Informed Consent inPharmacogenetic Research / Rose Geransar 11 Pharmacogenomic Promises: Reflections on Semantics,Genohype, and Global Justice / Bryn Williams-Jones and VuralOzdemir 12 Envisioning Race and Medicine: BiDil and the InsufficientMatch between Social Groups and Genotypes / Benjamin R.Bates Is Small Really Beautiful? Does Size Matter?Nanotechnologies 13 Nanotechnology and Human Imagination / SusannaHornig Priest 14 Nanotechnology: The Policy Challenges / LorraineSheremeta Part 3: Governance Challenges and EmergingTechnologies 15 Technology, Democracy, and Ethics: Democratic Deficit andthe Ethics of Public Engagement / Michael Burgess and JamesTansey 16 Impact Assessments and Emerging Technologies: FromPrecaution to "Smart Regulation"? / JacopoTorriti 17 Technology Ownership and Governance: An Alternative View ofIPRs / Peter W.B. Phillips 18 Conclusion: Reflections on Emerging Technologies/ Edna F. Einsiedel Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780774815482
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780774815482
  • weight: 640
  • ISBN10: 0774815485

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