Governing the Barely Imagined
How do scientists and policymakers work together to design governance for technologies that come with evolving and unknown risks? The Spring 2022 Issues looks at governance for a broad slate of today’s new and yet-to-be-imagined technologies, including emerging health and medical technologies, bioengineering and biosecurity, remedies for the debris that is accumulating in space, and lethal autonomous weapons.
Governance of the InconceivableRead More
How do scientists and policymakers work together to design governance for technologies that come with evolving and unknown risks?
Open Science HardwareRead More
A New Vision of National SecurityRead More
Pricing Unknowable RisksRead More
Religious Action and Climate ChangeRead More
Innovating for EquityRead More
Enabling Economic Growth Through EnergyRead More
Rethinking Benefit-Cost AnalysisRead More
Focusing on ConnectivityRead More
Ideas for a New Industrial PolicyRead More
The Subversive Beauty of Fallen Fruit
Los agentes electrificadores y los ladrones de luz de la ciudad de MéxicoRead More
La historia de la electrificación en la Ciudad de México a principios del siglo XX demuestra que la integración de esta nueva tecnología fue un proceso de constante negociación entre empresas, gobierno y consumidores.
A Montreal Protocol for Space Junk?Read More
The problem of orbital debris—a.k.a. space junk—worsens as more countries and companies get involved in space. Classifying space junk as pollution could help define a path forward.
Electrifying Agents and the Power Thieves of Mexico CityRead More
The story of electrification in Mexico City in the early twentieth century demonstrates that the integration of this new technology was a process of constant negotiation among companies, government, and consumers.
Rules for Operating at Warp SpeedRead More
A close look at Operation Warp Speed, the government program to accelerate the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, reveals insights for robust governance not only in crisis, but in normal times as well.
“Try to Design an Approach to Making a Judgment; Don’t Just Go Into It Trusting Your Intuition.”Read More
Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman discusses the stubbornness of cognitive biases, the “noise” that besets human decisions, and how institutions can learn to make fairer judgments.
Cadaver, Speak: 15Read More
Marianne Boruch’s poem “Cadaver, Speak: 15” was inspired by the poet’s experience participating in a dissection lab with 16 medical students.
When All Research Is Dual UseRead More
Governing new biosecurity threats is not merely a matter of good intentions and better training; it requires paying proper attention to the social contexts of science.
Building a Bottom-Up BioeconomyRead More
Engineering biology could play a critical role in creating a sustainable, resilient, and equitable bioeconomy, but getting there requires reimagining industrialization itself.
A Global Movement for Engaged ResearchRead More
Philanthropic organizations have a special role to play in setting bold new expectations for a research enterprise that works in direct dialogue with the rest of society.
Opening Up to Open ScienceRead More
More inclusive open science can help solve society’s most pressing problems—and at a faster pace—but making it mainstream requires systemic institutional change.
Imagining Governance for Emerging TechnologiesRead More
A new methodology from the National Academy of Medicine could inform social, ethical, and legal governance frameworks for a range of cutting-edge technologies.
Stories to Work ByRead More
Narratives of technological inevitability often limit the tools society has at its disposal to promote equality and opportunity.
Banning Lethal Autonomous Weapons: An EducationRead More
Lethal autonomous weapons systems pose new and dangerous threats, but efforts to advocate for a ban demonstrate the complexities of finding international consensus.
Bioengineering Everywhere, for EveryoneRead More
The mission of a political, artistic, and scientific collective in California is to reenvision the future of bioengineering and biodesign—and, in the process, reframe who is a scientist and what science can be.
Unmet DesireRead More
Many local policymakers want to develop more informal collaborations with researchers, but to bridge the gap scientists and institutions will need to understand and accommodate their priorities.
An Inflection Point for SpaceRead More
Is the sudden flowering of space programs good news? Space expansionists certainly think so. But, Daniel Deudney notes in his book, “it is remarkable—and disturbing—how little critical scrutiny these projects and their rationales have received.”
Unnatural SelectionRead More
What new tools does the emerging scientific field of synthetic biology provide for conservationists?