"It feels like the right thing to do": ethical perspectives of open scienceby Ann Grand. Open science. Developed partly as a practical means to support multi-site and multi-national collaborations, it also embodies a philosophical approach to the conduct of science.
Posted by Redazione FGB on May 24, 2012 8:24 AM. Permalink
"Where are we going?"The ironic title above hints at the fact that after many years of communication through our own site we have decided to spread the argument of responsibility and innovation through various social networking websites.
Posted by Tommaso Correale Santacroce on November 12, 2009 3:19 PM. Permalink
2010 - That was the year that was2010 was a busy year for the Foundation. Several meetings were held at the foundation conference suite in Milan and members of the staff traveled widely in order to participate...
Posted by Redazione FGB on January 7, 2011 4:15 PM. Permalink
2011 and Beyond for the Bassetti Foundation2011 was once more a busy year for the Bassetti Foundation, marking the beginnings of several projects that will run through 2012 and beyond. The following is a review of some of the major events that occurred throughout the year, things to look forward to in the new year now unfolding, a taster of the Foundation's work and a picture of its approach in addressing the problem of responsibility in innovation.
Posted by Redazione FGB on January 23, 2012 1:06 PM. Permalink
23andMe Awarded Their First PatentFollowing on from my post about my attendance at the Architecture for Life conference at the Kennedy School of Government I would like to direct readers to a very interesting and informative article.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on July 2, 2012 9:18 AM. Permalink
28 Seeds, a review of the eventThis week saw the final evening of an extremely successful Boston Center for the Arts run of the multimedia event entitled "28 Seeds"
Posted by Jonny Hankins on May 17, 2012 3:57 AM. Permalink
A Conversation with Pallavi Phartiyal - part 1In this post Jonny Hankins speaks to Pallavi Phartiyal of the Union of Concerned Scientists about their new Center for Science and Democracy.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on April 12, 2012 8:42 PM. Permalink
A Conversation with Pallavi Phartiyal - part 2In this post Jonny Hankins speaks to Pallavi Phartiyal of the Union of Concerned Scientists about their new Center for Science and Democracy. (Part 2)
Posted by Jonny Hankins on April 12, 2012 8:58 PM. Permalink
A Research Strategy for Engineered NanotechnologiesEarlier this year the National Research Council of the National Academies published a document entitled 'A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanotechnologies'
Posted by Jonny Hankins on March 16, 2012 9:44 AM. Permalink
A discussion with Congressman Michael E. Capuano - part 1In this Jonny Hankins talks to Congressman Michael E. Capuano, whose territory in Boston hosts some of the biggest names in research and innovation today. Part 1
Posted by Jonny Hankins on October 24, 2011 10:12 AM. Permalink
A discussion with Congressman Michael E. Capuano - part 2In this Jonny Hankins talks to Congressman Michael E. Capuano, whose territory in Boston hosts some of the biggest names in research and innovation today. Part 2
Posted by Jonny Hankins on October 24, 2011 11:24 AM. Permalink
A discussion with Marta Milani about sportIn view of the news that South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (often referred to as blade runner due to his prosthetic limbs) has run the qualifying time for the 2012 Olympics in London, Jonny Hankins speaks to Italian National 400 metre runner Marta Milani about the human body, technology in sports and their effects upon performance.
Posted by Redazione FGB on July 20, 2011 2:17 PM. Permalink
A man, his history and his DNAOne of humankind's oldest needs - to know oneself. One of the most modern technologies - the DNA testing of a single individual. This theme was raised during the round table discussion that was held in The Bassetti Foundation conference suite.
Posted by Redazione FGB on July 2, 2010 9:10 AM. Permalink
A short review: Conversations On Innovation, Power And ResponsibilityLast week we put online a new publication of the Foundation Bassetti entitled "Conversations On Innovation, Power And Responsibility", written by Jeff Ubois and available in hard copy, downloadable pdf or Issuu (on line) versions. It is a resume' of conversations conducted between Mr Ubois and 12 internationally renowned innovators and thinkers
Posted by Jonny Hankins on January 8, 2010 10:37 AM. Permalink
About the Anthropology of globalizationSome brief thoughts about the essay "Per l'antropologia economica: culture e pratiche nella divisione sociale del lavoro" (For an economic anthropology: culture and practice in the social division of work), that opens the volume "Antropologia della globalizzazione" (The Anthropology of Globalization) proposed by Giulio Sapelli - (post in Italian)
Posted by Cristina Grasseni on September 5, 2008 5:37 PM. Permalink
About the Anthropology of globalization (2)The essay by Monica Lindh de Montoya "Il mercato come specchio o modello. Come i commercianti riconfigurano le transazioni economiche e sociali in un'economia rurale" (The market as a mirror and model. How merchants re-frame economic and social transactions in a rural economy), first published in 1999, investigates cultural change in an agricultural community in Bailadores, Venezuela, fueled by vegetable and particularly garlic production for the national market. A reading by Guido Carlotto and comment by Valentina Porcellana. - (post in Italian)
Posted by Cristina Grasseni on September 26, 2008 5:47 PM. Permalink
Architecture and public science communicationby Patricia Ríos Cabello. The role of aesthetics and design in science and technology museum. The collaboration of scientists, architects, and the public itself, must be kept in mind as an asset to communicate scientific knowledge and promote public engagement.
Posted by Redazione FGB on May 25, 2012 10:02 AM. Permalink
Architectures for Life with 23andMe, a Report - part 1On the 17th of April Jonny Hankins attended a lecture given by Anne Wojcicki, CEO of direct to consumer genetics company 23andMe and a follow-on workshop. This is his report.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on May 8, 2012 10:53 AM. Permalink
Architectures for Life with 23andMe, a Report - part 2On the 17th of April Jonny Hankins attended a lecture given by Anne Wojcicki, CEO of direct to consumer genetics company 23andMe and a follow-on workshop. This is his report. Part 2
Posted by Jonny Hankins on May 8, 2012 11:14 AM. Permalink
Architectures for Life with 23andMe, a Report - part 3On the 17th of April Jonny Hankins attended a lecture given by Anne Wojcicki, CEO of direct to consumer genetics company 23andMe and a follow-on workshop. This is his report. Part 3
Posted by Jonny Hankins on May 8, 2012 11:56 AM. Permalink
Artificial Empathy: a research diary.Today's sciences of the artificial extend all the way to the domain of emotions. The recent re-inclusion of the emotional dimension within cognition, in the scientific trend that considers knowing as a form of doing - constructing, creating, fabricating - transforms our understanding of cognitive processes. In our we present the (relatively still brute) result of our encounters with researchers in the field of artificial agents and empathy, in order to receive comments and criticisms and initiate discussions from which we will profit, and where visitors of the Foundation's website can gain information and participate in shared reflection.
Posted by Luisa Damiano on August 3, 2008 4:09 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Asking the relevant questions about public participationby Brice Laurent. Participatory experiments in nanotechnology have been numerous, but their outcomes are uncertain. Some have criticized the little interest these mechanisms have received in policy circles. The Grenoble case is telling for that matter.
Posted by Redazione FGB on January 28, 2009 3:21 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Bio-orthopaedics between innovation and health policiesAn interview with Alberto Gobbi. Maria Cristina Paganoni proposes an interview about the current cutting-edge research on regeneration therapies in cartilage damage, the relevant opportunities for a strategic rethinking on health policy in this area, and its impact on the social and collective thinking about issues of health and self care.
Posted by Redazione FGB on July 29, 2009 11:40 AM. Permalink
By Any Other NameFor people new to the work of the Bassetti Foundation, the concept of "responsibility in innovation" can be somewhat elusive. But like most other general concepts, responsibility in innovation is reflected in a wide variety of disciplines, though often by other names. For example...
Posted by Jeff Ubois on May 8, 2008 11:00 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Change makersby Peter Goldmark. On the Changemakers site, if you click through to Competitions, you will find a series of global competitions seeking proposals to "change" or "improve" a particular system, or approach a specific problem, sponsored usually by a corporation or non-profit agency.
Posted by Redazione FGB on November 11, 2010 1:02 PM. Permalink
Citizen ScienceIn this posting Jonny Hankins takes a look at the phenomena of citizen science, its history and possible future.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on October 11, 2010 11:57 AM. Permalink
Consuming Genomes: Constructing the Genetic Consumer in the United StatesOn May 16th 2011 Margaret Curnutte gave her talk at the Foundation premises on "Consuming Genomes: Constructing the Genetic Consumer in the United States" as part of her Harvard Bassetti scholarship. Video, photos and other materials
Posted by Redazione FGB on July 12, 2011 5:51 PM. Permalink
Dan Sperber at the European Congress of Analytic PhilosophyThe Giannino Bassetti Foundation is presenting a lecture by Dan Sperber within the framework of the seventh European Congress of Analytic Philosophy
Posted by Redazione FGB on August 27, 2011 11:48 AM. Permalink
Dan Sperber. New ways to describe and structure the societiesby Angela Simone. As if it were recently invented, the word interdisciplinarity can ever more regularly be heard in discussions both outside and within academia. After years of pushing towards...
Posted by Redazione FGB on August 29, 2011 1:29 PM. Permalink
Deepening The Public Conversation Around Bioethics (part 1)In this discussion, Murray sheds light on different thinking processes useful in assessing ethical questions and innovation; particular developments in medicine and biotechnology related to sports and human enhancement; and on the Hastings Center's operations and influence.
Posted by Jeff Ubois on July 3, 2008 1:06 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Deepening The Public Conversation Around Bioethics (part 2)In this discussion, Murray sheds light on different thinking processes useful in assessing ethical questions and innovation; particular developments in medicine and biotechnology related to sports and human enhancement; and on the Hastings Center's operations and influence.
Posted by Redazione FGB on July 7, 2008 10:00 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Different forms of expertise in democratising technological culturesOn Monday 3rd of May a seminar was held in The Bassetti Foundation conference suite with Dr Wiebe E. Bijker, Professor of Technology and Society at The University of Maastricht in Holland. we now make the video and audio recordings of the seminar available in English.
Posted by Redazione FGB on May 12, 2010 9:47 PM. Permalink
Drones and other robots of warRecently the press has been full of articles addressing the legality or illegality of the military use of unmanned drone aircraft in the war against terror. Their use as well as the use of other human controlled robot weaponry presents a series of ethical, moral, technical and legal problems, often more down to the way they are deployed than the actual machines themselves.
Posted by Redazione FGB on March 4, 2010 5:57 PM. Permalink
Drugs for People, not for Profit.In this article Jonny Hankins focuses his attention upon a report entitled 'A Bitter Pill To Swallow, Drugs for people, not just for profit'. Published by the think-tank Compass the report offers a critique into the current state of the pharmaceutics industry and the societal responsibility that it bears.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on September 10, 2009 11:00 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Entrepreneurship and Technical Change, a Book ReviewIn this article Jonny Hankins reviews the book Entrepreneurship and Technological Change, edited by Lucio Cassia, Tommaso Minola and Stefano Paleari.
Posted by Redazione FGB on August 16, 2012 11:17 AM. Permalink
Ethics, Human Enhancement and Genetics. Report and Videoby Virginia Sanchini. The aim of the workshop was to investigate how the latest progress in biotechnologies impacts our understanding of the traditional matters of moral and political philosophy. Report, Video and Photos.
Posted by Redazione FGB on December 9, 2011 8:39 PM. Permalink
European Food Safety Authority is launching a public consultationEFSA (European Food Safety Authority) is launching a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the Potential Risks Arising from Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies on Food and Feed safety and the Environment. The work follows a request from the European Commission (EC) to EFSA for advice on this issue in 2007. EFSA's opinion will help inform consideration of any future EU measures in relation to nanotechnologies in the food and feed area.
Posted by Redazione FGB on November 25, 2008 4:20 PM. Permalink
Fukushima Report ReleasedIn this article Jonny Hankins takes a look at The Official Report of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Committee.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on July 13, 2012 2:28 PM. Permalink
Harvard's Journalist's Resource CenterAt the University of Harvard staff have created a Journalist's Resource Center, in order to provide writers with access to reports that may help them in their work.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on September 7, 2012 2:11 PM. Permalink
Humanizing Tomorrow's BiomedicineThe Bassetti Foundation is pleased to announce its association with and participation at the 13th International Intensive Course in Bioethics entitled Humanizing Tomorrow's Biomedicine, that takes place between the 13th to the 24th of July 2009 in Udine, Italy.
Posted by Redazione FGB on July 4, 2009 10:36 AM. Permalink
Innovating FoodIn the light of the 'Innovating Food, Innovating the Law' conference taking place in Piacenza this weekend, we take a look at the history of the food argument on this website.
Posted by Redazione FGB on October 13, 2011 11:48 AM. Permalink
Innovation may produce unexpected side effectsThe latest edition of the economics journal "Project M" features an interview with Foundation President Piero Bassetti. The interview addresses the issues that are closest to The President's heart: how can we firstly define innovation and responsibility and secondly push innovators into thinking ethically about the consequences of their actions, given the possibly far-reaching and unforeseeable effects of their choices and decisions.
Posted by Redazione FGB on December 11, 2009 11:03 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Intellectual Property and ResponsibilityProfessor Biagioli was kind enough to dedicate some of his time to the Foundation in the form of a conversation with Jonny Hankins. Topics covered were varied, but the major theme running through the discussion is responsibility in the patenting process.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on February 21, 2012 9:12 AM. Permalink
Intellectual Property and Responsibility (part 2)Professor Biagioli was kind enough to dedicate some of his time to the Foundation in the form of a conversation with Jonny Hankins. Topics covered were varied, but the major theme running through the discussion is responsibility in the patenting process. (Part 2)
Posted by Jonny Hankins on February 21, 2012 9:18 AM. Permalink
Intellectual Property and Responsibility (part 3)Professor Biagioli was kind enough to dedicate some of his time to the Foundation in the form of a conversation with Jonny Hankins. Topics covered were varied, but the major theme running through the discussion is responsibility in the patenting process. (Part 3)
Posted by Jonny Hankins on February 21, 2012 9:21 AM. Permalink
International Public Communication of Science and Technology ConferenceNotes on the Bassetti Foundation promoted panel in Florence, Italy, 20th April 2012. In drawing the framework for the seminar we began from a passage that we retain necessary, that of the passage from the individual responsibility held by the communicator to the stronger collective responsibility of the system.
Posted by Redazione FGB on April 6, 2012 10:56 AM. Permalink
Is biotechnological research in Italy a chimera? (Second part)The second part of the interview conducted by Cristina Grasseni with Giovanna Lazzari e Cesare Galli at the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology in Cremona (Italy) in which many points of fundamental importance for a serious contemporary debate on responsibility and innovation emerge. - (post in Italian)
Posted by Cristina Grasseni on November 26, 2008 6:07 PM. Permalink
Is biotechnological research in Italy a chimera? An interview with Giovanna Lazzari and Cesare GalliResearch originality, an experimental approach and leadership within the scientific community has brought the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology (Cremona, Italy) to the cutting edge of scientific innovation regarding the cloning of breeding animals (above all with cows, horses and pigs). Giovana Lazzari and Cesare Galli were asked about the nature of the Laboratory of Reproduction Technology, their current activities and the new challenges they will have to face. - (post in Italian)
Posted by Cristina Grasseni on October 8, 2008 5:55 PM. Permalink
Itinerary: Communicating ScienceIn light of the Bassetti Foundation's announcement of their involvement in the 2012 Public Communication of Science and Technology Network conference and related call for abstracts for funding, Jonny Hankins reviews some of the related materials available on the foundation website.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on June 20, 2011 2:27 PM. Permalink
Judith Estrin: Closing the Innovation GapIn this wide ranging interview, Estrin explains how business and political leaders can embrace policies that embody the values associated with innovation - openness, risk, questioning, persistence, and trust. And she warns that recent changes in business and government practice are putting innovation in the U.S. at risk.
Posted by Jeff Ubois on January 30, 2009 1:03 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Launch of the UCS Center for Science and DemocracyOn Thursday May 17th 2012 Jonny Hankins attended the launch of The Union of Concerned Scientists' Center for Science and Democracy. This is his report
Posted by Jonny Hankins on June 8, 2012 3:51 PM. Permalink
Layers of UncertaintyA report from the third Science Technology Policy Crossroads symposium at the Harvard University Science Centre. The symposium was entitled 'Layers of Uncertainty: Conversations on the role of uncertainty in science and technology policy'.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on March 8, 2012 5:18 PM. Permalink
Mapping Controversies, an interview with Vincent Antonin LepinayMapping Controversies in Science and Technology for Politics is the title of an EU sponsored project. Jonny Hankins interviewed Vincent Antonin Lepinay, lecturer on the course.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on January 30, 2012 11:21 AM. Permalink
Media, Innovation, and BioethicsMedia play a major role in the healthcare system, affecting medical research, public policy, clinical practice, and self care. Many of the goals of bioethical practice, including patient wellness, patient...
Posted by Jeff Ubois on July 9, 2009 4:02 PM. Permalink
Memory and ResponsibilityLast month, with the support of the Bassetti Foundation, more than 60 people met at the Internet Archive in San Francisco to discuss the future of personal digital archives and the implications of innovations and new technologies related to personal and collective memory. ...
Posted by Jeff Ubois on March 24, 2010 9:40 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Nature, New Yorker on Cognitive EnhancementBack in December, Nature published a remarkable editorial, Towards Responsible Use of Cognitive-enhancing Drugs by the Healthy, that concludes "Safe and effective cognitive enhancers will benefit both the individual and society...But it would also be foolish to ignore problems that such use of drugs could create or exacerbate."
Posted by Jeff Ubois on May 5, 2009 9:06 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
New Developments in Solar Power TechnologyIn this his second posting on sustainability, Jonny Hankins looks at one of the great challenges facing the renewable energy industry, how to make solar energy production cheaper for the end user.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on May 20, 2009 2:28 PM. Permalink
New Publication from FGB: Conversations on Innovation, Power and ResponsibilityThe Fondazione Giannino Bassetti's new publication, Conversations on Innovation, Power and Responsibility highlights approaches to responsibility in innovation taken by leading practitioners in disruptive fields.
Posted by Jeff Ubois on January 2, 2010 6:00 PM. Permalink
Notes from EPIC 2009: Innovation as a commodityIn September I went to Chicago for the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC 2009). EPIC draws from a mix of different communities, including design, computing, social science, and anthropology as conducted in academic and corporate research settings.
Posted by Jeff Ubois on November 19, 2009 3:15 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Notes from the Responsible Innovation ConferenceThe Responsible Innovation conference, held in Den Haag April 18-19, 2011, was a milestone in discussions of responsible innovation.
Posted by Jeff Ubois on May 17, 2011 3:19 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
On the Media and Innovation: an Interview with Scott KirsnerAs an observer of innovation across the domains life sciences, clean technology, and media, Kirsner has explored the attraction to and fear of innovation present in many large institutions, and uncovered numerous examples of innovation that reveal aspects of innovators' responsibilities, as well as the deep ambivalence many companies have about innovation.
Posted by Jeff Ubois on December 2, 2008 5:56 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Practicing Responsibilities: social engagement, controversy and innovationAt the Trento EASST conference, held 1-4th September 2010, workshop/track 32. "Practicing Responsibilities" was co-chaired by Cristina Grasseni (University of Bergamo / Bassetti Foundation); Luca Guzzetti (University of Genova) and Giuseppe Pellegrini (University of Padova) within the theme "social engagement, controversy and innovation".
Posted by Cristina Grasseni on November 4, 2010 10:57 AM. Permalink
Practicing ResponsibilityIn the imminence of the deadline for submitting abstracts (15th March) I bring to our readers' attention the following call for papers, co-organised by the Bassetti Foundation, for a session at the next EASST conference (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), which will take place in Trento, September 2-4th 2010, in collaboration with STS Italia.
Posted by Cristina Grasseni on March 1, 2010 12:46 PM. Permalink
Preventative governanceOn Wednesday 7th July, Professor David Guston of the Arizona State University presented the work of the CSPO (Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes) and the CSN-ASU (Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University) at an invitation seminar held here at the Bassetti Foundation...
Posted by Redazione FGB on July 16, 2010 4:42 PM. Permalink
Proceedings of The Network Society, Business, Innovation and Responsibility' conferenceIn this the first of two postings reporting the proceedings of the conference entitled 'The Network Society, Business, Innovation and Responsibility', Jonny Hankins provides a summary of the speakers' presentations.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on November 25, 2009 9:02 AM. Permalink
Prof. Colin Sage on Food and McMeekinThe following comment was written and sent to the Bassetti Foundation by Prof. Colin Sage, senior lecturer within the Geography Department at University College Cork, and refers to the interview with Prof. Andrew McMeekin posted on this site on 20th april 2011.
Posted by Redazione FGB on May 26, 2011 9:39 PM. Permalink
Regulating nanotechnology through private actors?by Brice Laurent. While some public officials claim that the potential risks of nanotechnology will be managed as early as possible, numerous questions are raised about the relevance of existing regulation for the many different nano-products.
Posted by Redazione FGB on February 23, 2009 10:50 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Report I - Communication Robots ATROn January 26 we visited ATR (Advanced Telecomunication Research Institute International) a Japanese company of which some branches are specialised in the production of robots and whose headquarters are located close to Kyoto. Our interlocutor was Dr. Takayuki Kanda who gave us a a warm reception and detailed description of the research dedicated to in robots destined to social use.
Posted by Luisa Damiano on August 4, 2008 9:58 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Responsibility and Communication at PCST 2012 - part 1In Florence on 20th April 2012 the Bassetti Foundation organized a seminar as part of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST 2012). This international conference hosted scientists, delegates from scientific institutions, researchers and journalists. What follows is a review of the papers and video of the seminar.
Posted by Redazione FGB on May 22, 2012 6:12 PM. Permalink
Responsibility and Communication at PCST 2012 - part 2In Florence on 20th April 2012 the Bassetti Foundation organized a seminar as part of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference (PCST 2012). This international conference hosted scientists, delegates from scientific institutions, researchers and journalists. What follows is a review of the papers and video of the seminar.
Posted by Redazione FGB on May 22, 2012 6:14 PM. Permalink
Responsibility and innovation: a business perspectiveIn March 2011 prof. Andrew McMeekin was kind enough to participate in a conversation with Jonny Hankins in which he discussed (amongst other things) innovation, responsibility, sustainability and governance.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on April 20, 2011 10:25 AM. Permalink
Responsibility and innovation: a business perspective (part 2)In March 2011 prof. Andrew McMeekin was kind enough to participate in a conversation with Jonny Hankins in which he discussed (amongst other things) innovation, responsibility, sustainability and governance. This is the second part.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on April 21, 2011 10:33 AM. Permalink
Responsibility and uncertainty: new perspectives upon responsible actionMaria Antonietta Foddai, professor of the philosophy of law in the faculty of law at the University of Sassari offers a rich reflection on the modern concept of responsibility, offering a new approach to the problem: the construction of responsibility must derive from within a social common project. The new subject of responsibility therefore becomes an "us" that shares responsible action. Nicole Lozzi met her on behalf of the Bassetti Foundation.
Posted by Redazione FGB on September 6, 2008 7:56 AM. Permalink
Responsible Innovation / Sustainable InnovationThis is the paper that Jeff Ubois presented last November 2010 at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The presentation was part of the panel organized by Cristina Orsatti entitled 'Sustainable Innovations: Forging Partnerships, Knowledge Exchange, And Reciprocity'.
Posted by Redazione FGB on February 2, 2011 6:10 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Responsible Innovation and Participatory Democracy. Daniel P. Mulhollan in FGBDaniel Mulhollan, Director of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of the US Congress, will be the guest of the Giannino Bassetti Foundation in Milan on 3rd December 2008, within the scientific framework of the research project I forum consultivi come strumento di fiducia, promoted by IRER - the Regional Research Institute of Lombardy.
Posted by Redazione FGB on November 28, 2008 11:52 AM. Permalink
Robotics. A new scienceOn 20th February an important conference on robotics took place in Rome entitled "Robotics: A New Science". The event was conceived as a seminar whose objective was that of discussing the contemporary development of robotics within the framework of recent scientific and technological developments in the informatics, telecommunication, software and electronics sectors. In this article Fiorella Operto explains the principal points of discussion.
Posted by Redazione FGB on May 15, 2008 9:36 AM. Permalink
Safeguarding Venice, the Mose ProjectOn March 20th 2012 MIT hosted an event entitled 'The Safeguarding of Venice and its Lagoon: The Mose System' and Jonny Hankins was present as representative of the Bassetti Foundation.
Posted by Redazione FGB on April 24, 2012 2:51 PM. Permalink
Satellite traffic problemsOn February 10th there was a traffic accident of a new type. Two satellites were involved, one an American "Iridium" communications satellite and the other an abandoned Russian "Cosmos" military satellite. The American satellite was still in use but the Russian machine had been out of service since 1995 and was no longer actively controlled. It had been launched on 16th June 1993 and was in service for 2 years. The crash took place 491miles above Siberia in one of the most popular orbits for these types of vehicle (military, weather and communications).
Posted by Jonny Hankins on February 24, 2009 12:01 PM. Permalink
Scott Berkun on Responsibility and ResistanceScott Berkun is the author of The Myths of Innovation, which examines common pre- and mis-conceptions about innovation, and Making Things Happen, a book about project management. In this wide ranging discussion, Berkun offers some useful definitions of innovation, discusses resistance to innovation, and outlines some ideas on corporate responsibility (and irresponsibility).
Posted by Jeff Ubois on April 14, 2009 12:00 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Sequencing the Genome of Unborn BabiesThe New York Times recently carried a story on its front page that is rapidly spreading in which it reported that an unborn baby's DNA was sequenced. What are the implications?
Posted by Jonny Hankins on June 13, 2012 10:19 AM. Permalink
Smart Cities courseHarvard Graduate school of Design offers a course entitled Smart Cities: An introduction to urban Integrated Networked Solutions, and may well be one of the leading exponents of responsible innovation through design.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on September 13, 2012 11:25 AM. Permalink
Some Responsible Design ProjectsIn this post I would like to point readers towards some interesting design projects that I have come across during my online research and my travels around the US and Europe.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on July 26, 2012 12:11 PM. Permalink
Springer Handbook of RoboticsOn February 5, the "Springer Handbook of Robotics" by Bruno Siciliano and Oussama Khatib has won two awards "PROS Awards 2008". Prose Awards are the American equivalent of the Oscar awards in the scientific and professional field. Inside, a chapter of Veruggio and Operto entitled "Roboethics: Social and Ethical Implications of Robotics" which discusses the basic principles of roboethics, new ethics applied to robotics and robot lemmas.
Posted by Tommaso Correale Santacroce on March 19, 2009 3:00 PM. Permalink
Super seeing, US Military Eye EnhancementLast week the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published an article about US military use of Laser treatment to enhance vision.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on August 2, 2012 6:38 PM. Permalink
Sustainable Innovation at the American Anthropological Association (AAA)Last week the American Anthropological Association (AAA) hosted a discussion about sustainable innovation. Grounded in observations of social practice in particular localities, two points were particularly striking. One was the close relationship between responsibility and sustainability; to be responsible, innovation must be sustainable...
Posted by Jeff Ubois on December 2, 2010 8:48 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Sustainable innovations: forging partnerships, knowledge exchange, and reciprocityThese are the abstracts of the papers presented in the panel "Sustainable Innovations: Forging Partnerships, Knowledge Exchange, And Reciprocity". The panel was presented at the 2010 American Anthropological Association Annual...
Posted by Redazione FGB on February 10, 2011 3:36 PM. Permalink
That was the year that was2009 was a busy year for the foundation. The following review aims at giving the reader an overview of the foundation's work by looking at its involvement in conferences, seminars, publications, education and the promotion of debate throughout the year.
Posted by Redazione FGB on January 17, 2010 4:46 PM. Permalink
The "moral imperative" of biotech foodAmong the many U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is one that details U.S. pressure on the Vatican to change its stance on agricultural biotechnology. U.S. officials stated "We will continue to press the "moral imperative" of biotech...
Posted by Jeff Ubois on January 4, 2011 1:00 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
The Marrakech Process on sustainable consumption and productionInterpreting responsibility as sustainability, Jonny Hankins takes a look at a global project coordinated by the United Nations and going by the name of the Marrakech project.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on April 10, 2009 11:33 AM. Permalink
The Royal Society, a font of informationIn this posting Jonny Hankins takes a look at the work of the Royal Society's Science Policy Centre: a mine of free and well informed information for anyone that wants it.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on January 26, 2011 9:15 AM. Permalink
The mechanization of Empathy in Health Care - 1. Maja J. MatarićOn January 24, 2009 was held at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto an international workshop on "technology and empathy in the context of health care". Given the thematic orientation of this blog, the followsing report will concentrate on the second half of the workshop (centered on the relational implications of the therapeutic use of robots) that was organized around the interventions of two internationally recognised pioneers in the therapeutic use of robots.
Posted by Luisa Damiano on March 3, 2009 5:24 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
The mechanization of Empathy in Health Care - 2. Takanori ShibataSecond part of the report on "technology and empathy in the context of health care" held in January. During the conference, Dr. Shibata presented essential aspects of the idea of a "Robot Therapy". Dr. Shibata is Senior Researcher at Japan's Institute of Advanced Industrial Sciences and Technology AIST (Tsukuba, Japan). He is the inventor of PARO.
Posted by Luisa Damiano on May 8, 2009 12:04 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
The potential role of science communication in PakistanPublic communication of science and technology is generating knowledge and a rapid awareness in a variety of areas including rural, agro-based and related disciplines. Quick scientific and technical packages are developed for dissemination to the pertinent clients mostly located in countryside areas.
Posted by Redazione FGB on June 5, 2012 10:08 AM. Permalink
Towards Transparency -- or Lysenkoism?Transparency and discussions of values would seem to be a cornerstone of responsibility in innovation. But to be effective, questions and processes of disclosure intended to foster transparency need to focus on those areas where conflicts of interest are meaningful.
Posted by Jeff Ubois on November 4, 2009 6:32 PM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
Uncertainty and disquietThe call for papers "Who is Responsible" has invited ethnographic reflections on the diverse meanings and use of a term, "responsibility" which "has become such a conspicuous terms in contemporary thought styles", to highlight its salience in contemporary culture and governance.
Posted by Redazione FGB on July 23, 2012 4:00 PM. Permalink
Von Schomberg's Responsible Innovation MatrixRené Von Schomberg is the Directorate General for Research at the European Commission and has recently published an article and a 'Responsible Research and Innovation Matrix' on his blog.
Posted by Redazione FGB on September 26, 2012 2:13 PM. Permalink
What are the nature and functions of artificial agents?These are the questions we use when we first interview a researcher.
Posted by Luisa Damiano on September 19, 2008 10:18 AM. Permalink - Read and leave a comment
What's the social and ethical responsibility of basic science?by Maximilian Fochler. At the Euroscience Open Forum 2008 in Barcelona a group of leading scholars from the sciences, as well as from the interdisciplinary field of Social Studies of Science (STS), gathered to debate the social and ethical responsibility of basic research - a question of vital importance for wider debates on how contemporary societies may best govern processes of innovation and their ethical and social implications.
Posted by Redazione FGB on October 21, 2008 3:08 PM. Permalink
Who's Responsible?The 2012 European Association of Social Anthropologists conference (EASA) takes place at Université Paris Nanterre in July of this year, and long time collaborator Cristina Grasseni will participate on a panel on behalf of the Bassetti Foundation, as part of an event entitled 'Who's Responsible?'
Posted by Redazione FGB on May 30, 2012 9:17 AM. Permalink
Without risk there is no progressIn this his second posting on nanotechnology, Jonny Hankins looks at the work of the International Risk Governence Council, their white paper on risk governance and their policy brief on nanotechnology risk governance.
Posted by Jonny Hankins on July 29, 2008 9:42 AM. Permalink