MCTS Guest Lecture - Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University)


On Tuesday, 12 December, Prof. Sheila Jasanoff (Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Harvard Program on Science, Technology, and Society) will give a talk on "Human Futures and Future Humans: Governing Disruptive Technologies".


Human Futures and Future Humans: Governing Disruptive Technologies

Powerful new technologies that are just around the corner—gene editing, autonomous vehicles, deep learning machines, for instance—promise to change the human future into one that is unimaginably swifter, smarter, more efficient, and freer from pain, disease, and early death than the present we currently inhabit. Less talked about are the consequences for future humans: what sorts of entities will we be when we are even more linked and networked, recorded in vast data systems, subjected to targeted biological manipulation, and dependent on thinking machines for much of our day to day activity? In this talk, I will review today's approaches to preserving the integrity of the human and consider how that concept might have meaning in the science fiction world that is spread out before us.


Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is also affiliated with the Department of the History of Science, member of the Board of Tutors in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

Prof. Jasanoff’s longstanding research interests center on the interactions of law, science, and politics in democratic societies. She is particularly concerned with the construction of public reason in various cultural contexts, and with the role of science and technology in globalization. Specific areas of work include science and the courts; environmental regulation and risk management; comparative public policy; social studies of science and technology; and science and technology policy.

If you would like to learn more about her work, please visit Professor Jasanoff's personal website.

Time and Location

The event is part of the Munich Colloquium on Technology in Society series and will take place on 12 December at the Vorhoelzer Forum, Arcisstr. 21, 5 pm.

Please visit the official website for information on the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS).