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Scott Berkun on Responsibility and Resistance

Scott 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). - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 14 April 2009 Permalink

Scott Berkun
See also: New science and new politics by Piero Bassetti
Categories Books, Interview

On the Media and Innovation: an Interview with Scott Kirsner

As 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. - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 2 December 2008 Permalink

Scott Kirsner
Categories Interview

Dr. Ronald Arkin on Roboethics and Responsibility (part 3)

(...continues from the previous entry) Ubois: Do you see -- I mean, another direction I could see this going is in the ways the lines between warfare and law enforcement... - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 18 January 2008 Permalink

Ronald Arkin
Categories Interview, Roboethics

Dr. Ronald Arkin on Roboethics and Responsibility (part 2)

(...continues from the previous entry) Ubois: It's an interesting question of when should you essentially exit a field or exit certain social or power structures, because you can't abide by... - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 15 January 2008 Permalink

Ronald Arkin
Categories Interview, Roboethics

Dr. Ronald Arkin on Roboethics and Responsibility (part 1)

Dr. Ronald Arkin is a Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory. In this discussion, he outlines the... - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 12 January 2008 Permalink

Ronald Arkin
Categories Interview, Roboethics

Participatory design: an Interview with Dr. Michael Twidale (part 3)

The third part of the Interview with Dr. Michael Twidale: he offers insights into IRBs, participatory design, managing design tradeoffs, ethics and empowerment. - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 26 October 2007 Permalink

Michael Twidale

Transparency, Privacy, and Responsibility: An Interview with Jeff Jonas

More directly and obviously than many forms of innovation, software embodies the values of those who create it. This is particularly true of software used to monitor and direct human activity: in the extreme, it can be a tool that saves lives, or one that enables political repression. Software development therefore provides many examples of responsibility in innovation. As a leading innovator in the field of data analysis, Jeff Jonas has thought deeply about the social and political implications related to technological advances in surveillance, the loss of privacy, and the use of computerized monitoring systems by governments and corporations. - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 5 June 2007 Permalink

Jeff Jonas

Responsibility in Innovation: A Survey of Coming Attractions in Nanotechnology

A Conversation with Lawrence Gasman Lawrence Gasman is the cofounder of NanoMarkets, LLC and author of the recent book, Nanotechnology Applications and Markets, which examines the market for nanotechnology in the healthcare, energy, and information technology sectors, and provides a generalized approach to forecasting the impact of nanotechnology on particular companies and industries. In this interview, Gasman emphasizes several likely near term discontinuities based on nanotechnology. And he offers some insight into possible social effects, and the limits of regulation. And yet without an ability to forecast developments, what kind of responsibility is possible? - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 22 March 2007 Permalink

Lawrence Gasman
See also: Nanotechnology

Christine Peterson of the Foresight Institute

If you really want to know how create a sense of responsibility, look at the software development community. Talk about political activism...They see their work as political. They see it as ethics-based. - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 21 February 2007 Permalink

Christine Peterson
Categories Interview

Genetic Testing and its Implications: an interview with Dr. Arthur Caplan

In this discussion, Dr. Arthur Caplan discusses the implications of genetic screening, pre-natal testing, pre-natal gender selection, reproductive freedom, political education, and neurological enhancement, all within the context of responsibility in innovation, and with a nod to how effects may differ in different cultures around the world. - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 25 November 2006 Permalink

Arthur Caplan
Categories Interview, genetics

An Interview With Dr. Ignacio Chapela

Ignacio Chapela is an assistant professor at University of California Berkeley, who, with colleague David Quist, discovered that illegally grown, genetically modified corn contaminated traditional heirloom corn in Oaxaca, Mexico.... - More More

by Jeff Ubois, 17 November 2006 Permalink

Ignacio Chapela
Categories Interview, biotechnology

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