Collaborating constructively for sustainable biotechnology

It is frequently claimed that synthetic biology offers biologically-based routes for producing chemicals and materials that are more sustainable than fossil-derived incumbents. A new paper in Scientific Reports probes this claim, for the case of bio-based nylon, using both deliberative and analytical approaches within a framework of Constructive Sustainability Assessment.

STIP Note: Handbook of Science and Technology Indicators

This is a book to dip in and out of – a wide array of topics related to S&T indicators is covered! I have already been reading some of the chapters (too many to read in one go) and can see that this will prove to be an invaluable reference handbook!

The dilemma of societal alignment

In mid-2018, a paper I co-authored with colleagues, “Introducing the dilemma of societal alignment for inclusive and responsible research and innovation,” was published in the Journal of Responsible Innovation.

iCoffee and Social Robots

I punched in my macchiato order to the iPad barista, with the result being a coffee that was probably a bit better than the usual result from the large table-top coffee machine that preceded it.

Eye to AI*

The medium is the message, according to McLuhan. But while I get the medium, I am wondering what message is being conveyed by the sprouting of AI commercials I am beginning to see around me.