Emerging Technologies
384 pages, 6 x 9
5 charts and 11 tables.
Release Date:01 Jul 2009
Release Date:20 Dec 2008
Release Date:01 Jul 2009

Emerging Technologies

From Hindsight to Foresight

Edited by Edna Einsiedel
UBC Press

New technologies emerge all the time. Some technologies, however, are transformative: they introduce new forms of control, both through formal systems of regulation and by informally shaping our behaviour. They have profound impacts and are often disruptive; they affect the way we work and play; they influence our mobility and lifestyle. They offer hope and possibility while introducing new fears and unintended consequences.

How should we think about these radical technologies? Too often our social reactions to new technologies occur only in hindsight, after a technology has penetrated the marketplace. However, recent experience teaches that much may be gained by practising forethought and foresight. Emerging Technologies addresses the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of emerging technologies and assesses their social and policy implications. Contributors examine the development, impact, and governance of new technologies emerging from a variety of fields, including biotechnology, genetics, stem cell research, pharmacology, and nanotechnology.

Edna F. Einsiedel is a professor of Communication Studies at the University of Calgary.

Contributors: Benjamin R. Bates, Tania Bubela, Michael Burgess, Timothy Caulfield, Edna F. Einsiedel, Rose Geransar, William Hallman, Susanna Hornig Priest, Holly Longstaff, Ed Levy, Emily Marden, Chika B. Onwuekwe, Vural Ozdemir, Peter W.B. Phillips, Lorraine Sheremeta, Patrick A. Stewart, Stuart Smyth, James Tansey, Paul B. Thompson, Jacopo Torriti, Michele Veeman, and Bryn Williams-Jones

Introduction: Making Sense of Emerging Technologies / Edna F. Einsiedel

Part 1: Hindsight Learnings

1  GM Foods in Hindsight / William Hallman

2  Patentable Subject Matter: Who Owns What Knowledge? / Chika B. Onwuekwe

3  Patents in the Public Sphere: Public Perceptions and Biotechnology Patents / Edna F. Einsiedel

Part 2: Foresight Applications

(Transgenic) Animal Farm

4  Of Biotechnology and Blind Chickens / Paul B. Thompson

5  Transgenic Salmon: Regulatory Oversight of an Anticipated Technology / Emily Marden, Holly Longstaff, and Ed Levy

Fields of Pharmas: Plant Molecular Farming

6  The Emerging Technology of Plant Molecular Farming / Michele Veeman

7  Policy and Regulatory Challenges for Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals in the United States / Patrick A. Stewart

8  Forestalling Liabilities? Stakeholder Participation and Regulatory Development / Stuart Smyth

In the Stem Cell Fields

9  When Human Dignity Is Not Enough: Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning in Canada / Tania Bubela and Timothy Caulfield

Drugs -- Up Close and Personal: Engaging Pharmacogenomics

10  Banking on Trust: Issues of Informed Consent in Pharmacogenetic Research / Rose Geransar

11  Pharmacogenomic Promises: Reflections on Semantics, Genohype, and Global Justice / Bryn Williams-Jones and Vural Ozdemir

12  Envisioning Race and Medicine: BiDil and the Insufficient Match between Social Groups and Genotypes / Benjamin R. Bates

Is Small Really Beautiful? Does Size Matter? Nanotechnologies

13  Nanotechnology and Human Imagination / Susanna Hornig Priest

14  Nanotechnology: The Policy Challenges / Lorraine Sheremeta

Part 3: Governance Challenges and Emerging Technologies

15  Technology, Democracy, and Ethics: Democratic Deficit and the Ethics of Public Engagement / Michael Burgess and James Tansey

16  Impact Assessments and Emerging Technologies: From Precaution to "Smart Regulation"? / Jacopo Torriti

17  Technology Ownership and Governance: An Alternative View of IPRs / Peter W.B. Phillips

18  Conclusion: Reflections on Emerging Technologies / Edna F. Einsiedel


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