The Spreading of Techno-visionary Futures

  • Armin GrunwaldEmail author


Visions are a major driver of the scientific and technological advance, as may be seen in the fields of spaceflight, nanotechnology, or synthetic biology. They often play a major role in the early stages of innovation. However, the spreading of scientific visions and their role in innovation processes is not well understood yet. Techno-visionary futures are created and obviously have authors whose work initiates a process of spreading by communication and dissemination. While the spreading of these visions into scientific and societal debates and their impacts upon them can considerably influence the course of research and innovation, little is known about the processes and mechanisms of spreading of techno-visionary futures. We only can diagnose desiderates for future research and propose some ideas how this gap could be closed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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