What future, which technology? On the problem of describing relevant futures.

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dc.contributor.author Stahl, Bernd Carsten, 1968-
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-10T16:01:32Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-10T16:01:32Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Stahl, B.C. (2011) What future, which technology? On the problem of describing relevant futures. Researching the Future in Information Systems: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 356, pp. 95-108 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/5134
dc.description.abstract Doing research on future and emerging technologies raises a number of significant ontological and epistemological challenges. The fundamental uncertainty of the future, combined with problems of appropriate descriptions of technology in general, render it difficult to come to an appropriate account of the likely shape and use of future technologies. This paper discusses several streams of research that address this issue, including the question of relevant description and context, interpretive flexibility, affordances of technology, and multi-stability of technological trajectories. The paper proposes that some of these problems may be addressed by using a democratic and participative approach to technology research and development. Participative technology assessment is then discussed as an example of an established way of democratically engaging with technology stakeholders during research and development. The paper concludes by discussing the promises and limitations of such a participative approach with regard to the question of understanding and researching future technologies. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject emerging ICT en
dc.subject epistemology en
dc.subject ontology en
dc.subject participative technology assessment en
dc.title What future, which technology? On the problem of describing relevant futures. en
dc.type Book chapter en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-21364-9_7
dc.researchgroup Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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