The Naming of the Beast. Scrutinizing Concepts of Technology Rich Futures

  • Jan NolinEmail author
  • Gustaf Nelhans
  • Nasrine Olson
Part of the Technikzukünfte, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / Futures of Technology, Science and Society book series (TEWG)


Constructive Technology Assessment (CTA) aims to involve a multitude of stakeholders in discussions involving technology. However, all technological assessment is mediated through concepts. Development of concepts regarding technology rich futures has been lively but confusing for many stakeholders. Utilizing bibliographic data from Web of Science, this article overviews and discusses ten influential concepts that have played an important role during the 2000s. It is argued that the lively and dynamic concept production leads to numerous problems for a CTA approach.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BoråsSwedish School of Library and Information ScienceBoråsSweden

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