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Our embrace of novel technological pathways, Sheila Jasanoff shows, leads to a complex interplay among technology, ethics, and human rights. Inventions like pesticides or GMOs can reduce hunger, but can also cause unexpected harm to people and the environment. Advances in biotechnology have given us tools to tinker with life itself, leading some to worry that human dignity and even human nature are under threat. But despite many reasons for caution, we continue to march heedlessly into ethically troubled waters.
As Jasanoff ranges across these and other themes, she challenges the common assumption that technology is an apolitical and amoral force. Technology, she masterfully demonstrates, can warp the meaning of democracy and citizenship unless we carefully consider how to direct its power rather than let ourselves be shaped by it.
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By Soraj on 02-17-17
Sheila Jasanoff writes about the technologies that are impacting us in various and profound ways. Those who would like to know the background information on the technological incidents that created headlines and controversies will learn a lot from this book. However, what I like most of all is the reading, which is clear and easy to follow. I listened to the whole book in only a few days while driving back and forth from work. It's delightful.
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