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By Jan Annerstedt, Andrew Jamison

A suite of essays at the politics of technology and expertise which debate the family members among clinical and technical improvement, the position of social events in clinical and technical devleopment, the problem of recent know-how to democracy and the emergence of "social intelligence" as a brand new task in the global of technology and know-how coverage. the amount additionally incorporates a variety of contributions to the quantitative examine of technology and expertise. The volume's identify displays the pursuits of Steven Dedijer, the founding father of the study coverage Institute on the college of Lund in Sweden. He was once one of many pioneers, within the early Nineteen Sixties, within the improvement of technological know-how coverage experiences and he has, in recent times, been both pioneering in his paintings on social intelligence, which he conducted either in Sweden in addition to in different constructing nations. The essays have been written to honour Steven Dedijer at the party of his seventy fifth birthday.

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1. Report on S&T Plan for the Chemica/Industry, Vol. I: A General Overview, p. 5. 2. In her address to the Golden Jubilee Session of the Institution of Engineers. 3. Economic and Political Weekly, 20 December, 1980, p. 2151. 4. Ibid. 3 The Military Use of Technology: How Benign is the Scientific Enterprise? BERNARD T. FELD Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology Throughout the nineteenth century, and well into the fourth decade of the twentieth, science was generally regarded as a progressive and benign enterprise, the main effect of which is to increase the well-being of all of humankind.

As first enunciated by President Eisenhower, what is envisaged is a completely open regime, patterned after that provided for the South Polar regions in the Antarctica Treaty of 1959. Since space is a least as visible to all states as is the Antarctic, and - if not already, will soon be as universally accessible, an "open skies" regime is technically attainable today, provided the political obstacles can be removed. The main political obstacle relates to the prevalent belief, among decision makers on both sides, that there is some real possibility of one side or the other - either by some technological "breakthrough" or by stealth - being able to achieve a situation of military superiority enabling it to exert pressures on the other that would elicit some real political and/or strategic advantage.

We probably cannot provide science and technology for all possible future models of society, and must therefore make some choices based on current trends, even granting the possibility of alterations in the future, based on new scientific knowledge or the emergence of new value preferences. 42 From Research Policy to Social Intelligence It is also true that society seldom opts for abstract values. If it does succeed in reaching a consensus on such values, they are usually so vaguely stated that their translation into concrete operational choices is just as difficult and controversial as the values themselves.

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