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Taylor Dotson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036382

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036382.001.0001

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Intelligently Steering Toward More Communitarian Technological Societies

Intelligently Steering Toward More Communitarian Technological Societies

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(p.211) 10 Intelligently Steering Toward More Communitarian Technological Societies
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Technically Together
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Taylor Dotson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036382.003.0010

This chapter applies the intelligent trial-and-error framework developed by Edward Woodhouse and David Collingridge to technologies that impact community life. The framework has generally been used to analyse technologies with environmental, physiological, and financial – rather than psychocultural – risks. This chapter explores how technological innovation related to driverless cars and social robots would proceed if important decision makers were to take their potential social and communal risks seriously. Next, intelligent trial-and-error is proposed as a set strategies to make attempts to deploy communitarian technologies more effective, considering the cases of residential development and cooperative grocery stores. Finally, this chapter examines the barriers to getting intelligent trial-and-error applied more of the time and to already existing, rather than only emerging, technologies.

Keywords:   Governance of technology, Psychocultural risk, Intelligent trial and error, Woodhouse, Collingridge, Driverless cars, Social robots, Cooperatives, New urbanism

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