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Vision Assessment: Shaping Technology in 21st Century Society – Towards a Repertoire for Technology Assessment

Place of Publication: 
Berlin, Heidelberg

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. (Publisher)