This project examines the ethics and governance of emerging technologies, including but not limited to synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. It explores issues such as the public perceptions and discourses of emerging technologies, the dynamics between governance actors and institutions, as well as the ethical institutions and practices of emerging technologies. The overarching aim is to explain the similarities and differences across societies/countries in the ethics and governance of emerging technologies. It is hoped that the project findings will illuminate insights into the search for good ethical and governance institutions and practices for such technologies.
The student(s) will: (1) review the literature on a selected emerging technology; and/or (2) develop case studies on the selected emerging technology in one society/country, focusing on (i) its public perceptions and discourses; (ii) dynamics between governance actors and institutions; or (iii) ethical institutions and practices. He/she/they will have excellent skills in reading and writing. Knowledge in political science, public policy, ethics, sociology, and/or emerging technologies (e.g., synthetic biology or AI) is highly desirable.
1. Knowledge: Describe and/or explain (i) the public perceptions and discourses of emerging technologies, (ii) the dynamics between governance actors and institutions; or (iii) the ethical institutions and practices.
2. Skills: Develop and analyze case studies on a selected emerging technology in one society/country.
3. Attitude: Exercise independent judgments in debates about the ethics and governance of emerging technologies.