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The Received Wisdom

Author: Shobita Parthasarathy & Jack Stilgoe

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Are robots racist? Should we regulate gene editing? Have people stopped trusting experts? Does scientific research make the world a more unequal place? The Received Wisdom is a podcast about how to realize the potential of science and technology by challenging the received wisdom. Join Shobita and Jack as they talk to thinkers and doers from around the world about governing science and technology to make the world a better place.
31 Episodes
This month, Shobita and Jack talk about the recent concerns about academic culture in the science and technology studies community, how to understand FTX's recent implosion, and the bizarre logics of effective altruism. And we chat with Boston University law professor Aziza Ahmed about how the politics of knowledge are shaping abortion politics in the United States.- Darren Tseng, Stephen Diehl, Jan Akalin (2022). Popping the Crypto Bubble: Market Manias, Phony Populism, Techno-Solutionism. Consilience Publishing.- Concerned.Tech (2022). "Letter in Support of Responsible Fintech Policy." - Aziza Ahmed (2022). "These are the gray areas for women’s privacy now in a post-Roe world." CNN Opinion. August 4.- Aziza Ahmed (2021). "The Future of Facts: The Politics of Public Health and Medicine in Abortion Law." University of Colorado Law Review. 92: 1151-1162.- Aziza Ahmed (2020). "Weaponizing Objectivity: The Politics of the CDC." Ms. Magazine. October 28. - Aziza Ahmed (2020). "Will the Supreme Court legitimate pretext?" SCOTUSblog. January 31.- Aziza Ahmed (2017). "Abortion in a Post-Truth Moment: A Response to Erwin Chemerinsky and Michele Goodwin." Texas Law Review. 95: 198-203.Transcript available at
Jack and Shobita chat about the disasters in British politics, the CHIPS and Science Act, and how to determine whether self-driving cars are safe. Plus we chat with anthropologist Glenn Davis Stone, Professor at Sweet Briar College and author of the recent book The Agricultural Dilemma: How Not to Feed the World. Stone argues that we've been learning the story of the Green Revolution all wrong, and this has huge implications for how we think about more recent agricultural technologies like fertilizer and genetically modified organisms.Links related to the episode:Dan Reed and Darío Gil (2022). "Insufficient NSF funding could doom the Chips and Science Act." The Hill. October 13.Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (2022). "Responsible Innovation in Self-Driving Vehicles."Glenn Davis Stone (2022). The Agricultural Dilemma: How Not to Feed the World. Routledge.Glenn Davis Stone (2022). "Surveillance Agriculture and Peasant Autonomy." Journal of Agrarian Change.Glenn Davis Stone (2020). "A Long-term Analysis of a Controversial GMO Crop." Nature Plants. March 13.Glenn Davis Stone (2020). "The Philippines has rated ‘Golden Rice’ safe, but farmers might not plant it." The Conversation. February 7.Study Questions:How is the CHIPS and Science Act being framed in the United States?What are the problems with the conventional tale of the Green Revolution?Why has the myth of the Green Revolution been so persistent?What is the problem with GMOs, and specifically BT crops, in India?How have publics gotten more involved in the decisions of the agricultural system? What are the impacts?
It's a new season of The Received Wisdom!! After their partial summer hiatus, Shobita and Jack discuss the fraud allegations that are rocking the foundations of what we know about Alzheimer's Disease, and the Biden Administration's directive to make freely available all publications based on federally funded research. And, they chat with Macarthur Fellow Mary Gray about the "ghost workers" behind digital technologies and supposedly artificial intelligence. Gray is Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and faculty in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University.Relevant Links- Charles Piller (2022). "Blots on a Field?" Science. July 21.- The White House (2022). "Breakthroughs for All: Delivering Equitable Access to America’s Research." OSTP Blog. August 25.- Mary L. Gray and Siddharth Suri (2019). Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a Global Underclass. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.- National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (2022). Fostering Responsible Computing Research: Foundations and Practices. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.- Mary L. Gray with Catherine Powell (2021). "The Emerging Technology Underclass." Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy Roundtable Series and Roundtable Series on Cybersecurity and Cyberconflict.- Margaret Bourdeaux, Mary L. Gray, and Barbara Grosz (2020). "How human-centered tech can beat COVID-19 through contact tracing." The Hill. April 20.Study questions and full transcript available at
This episode is the second of Jack’s investigations into self-driving cars. Last time, he was interested in Phoenix, Arizona. This time, he’s back home in London, an old, complicated, messy city with an extensive public transport system.  The episode was presented and written by Jack Stilgoe and edited by Gemma Milne, with research assistance from Nuzhah Miah.Relevant links- Joe Moran, (2006). Crossing the road in Britain, 1931–1976. The Historical Journal, 49 (2), 477-496.- Joe Moran (2010). On roads: a hidden history. Profile Books.- Lucy Suchman (1987). Plans and situated actions: The problem of human-machine communication. Cambridge university press.- Peter Norton (2011). Fighting traffic: the dawn of the motor age in the American city. MIT Press.- Peter Norton (2021). Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-tech Driving. Island Press.- (and the company’s published papers, e.g.: Hawke, J., Badrinarayanan, V., & Kendall, A. (2021). Reimagining an autonomous vehicle. arXiv preprint arXiv:2108.05805). - Chris Tennant, & Jack Stilgoe, (2021). The attachments of ‘autonomous’ vehicles. Social Studies of Science, 51(6), 846-870. Tennant, C., Neels, C., Parkhurst, G., Jones, P., Mirza, S., & Stilgoe, J. (2021). Code, culture and concrete: Self-Driving Vehicles and the Rules of the Road. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 122.Transcript and study questions available at
This month is a bit different. This episode is the first part of an investigation, led by Jack, into self-driving cars, trying to locate the technology in particular places. The first part focuses on Phoenix, Arizona, a testbed for some of the technology’s most ambitious developers and also the scene of the first self-driving car crash to kill a pedestrian. Jack talks to various experts - historians, crash investigators, journalists and tech company representatives - to ask what the technology might mean for different places. The second part moves to Jack’s home town, London.The episode was presented and written by Jack Stilgoe and edited by Gemma Milne, with research assistance from Nuzhah Miah.- Jack Stilgoe, (2019) Who Killed Elaine Herzberg?, OneZero, 12 Dec 2019, Chris Tennant, & Jack Stilgoe, (2021). The attachments of ‘autonomous’ vehicles. Social Studies of Science, 51(6), 846-870. Lucy Suchman, (2019). Demystifying the intelligent machine. In Cyborg Futures (pp. 35-61). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. Madeleine C Elish, (2019). Moral Crumple Zones: Cautionary Tales in Human-Robot Interaction. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 5, 40-60.- Peter Norton, (2011). Fighting traffic: the dawn of the motor age in the American city. Mit Press.- Wetmore, J. (2003). Driving the dream. The history and motivations behind 60 years of automated highway systems in America. Automotive History Review, 7, 4-19.Full transcript and study questions available at
This month, Shobita and Jack discuss how scientists are engaging in the boiling politics of abortion in the United States, the implications of large language models (a new type of artificial intelligence), and Elon Musk's possible takeover of Twitter. And we have a fascinating conversation with Morgan Ames about her award-winning book The Charisma Machine, which focuses on the global One Laptop Per Child project. Ames is Professor of Practice at the School of Information and Associate Director of Research for the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society at the University of California, Berkeley.- Morgan G. Ames (2019). The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop Per Child. MIT Press.- Morgan G. Ames (2021). "Laptops alone can’t bridge the digital divide." MIT Technology Review. October 27.- Morgan G. Ames (2019). "Future Generations will Suffer if we Don't Solve Unequal Access to Tech." Pacific Standard. April 2.- Morgan G. Ames (2019). "The Smartest People in the Room? What Silicon Valley’s Supposed Obsession with Tech-Free Private Schools Really Tells Us." LA Review of Books. October 18.- Roger A. Pielke Jr. (2007). The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics. Cambridge University Press.- Dan Sarewitz (2013). "Science must be seen to bridge the political divide." Nature. 493: 7.- Johanna Okerlund, Evan Klasky, Aditya Middha, Sujin Kim, Hannah Rosenfeld, Molly Kleinman, Shobita Parthasarathy (2022). What’s in the Chatterbox? Large Language Models, Why They Matter, and What We Should Do About Them. Technology Assessment Project, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Project, University of Michigan.- Richard Van Noorden (2022). "How language-generation AIs could transform science." Nature. April 28.Study Questions:1) What are the problems with scientists taking such a prominent role in the abortion debate, especially in the US? 2) What was the hope behind the One Laptop Per Child project, and how did it fail?3) What biases lay underneath the One Laptop Per Child project, in the idea, the design, and the implementation?4) What role does hype play in shaping our understanding of emerging technologies? What are its positive and negative dimensions?5) Could a One Laptop Per Child-type project ever be successful? How?Transcript available at
In this episode, Shobita and Jack discuss this uncertain moment in the pandemic around the world, including the latest negotiations related to the TRIPS patent waiver related to COVID vaccines. They consider emerging efforts to develop a "pangenome" that emphasizes human genetic diversity. And they chat with Professor Sabrina McCormick, a scholar, policymaker, and filmmaker, about her efforts to advocate for climate change action in creative ways.Relevant links:- Roxane Khamsi (2022). "A more-inclusive genome project aims to capture all of human diversity." Nature. 16 March.- Sequestra film (2020).- The Years of Living Dangerously film (2014).- The Years of Living Dangerously, Bringing Climate to the Classroom (2016).- www.resilienceentertainment.comFull transcript and study questions available at
This month, Jack and Shobita discuss the resignation of the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, African scientists' success in copying the Moderna vaccine and the potential long-term implications, and the politics of long COVID. And we speak with scholar and writer Chris Gilliard about the rise of surveillance technologies, their implications especially for marginalized communities, and what we can do about it.Related links:- Chris Gilliard (2022). "Crime Prediction Keeps Society Stuck in the Past." WIRED. January 2.- Chris Gilliard (2021). "A Black Woman Invented Home Security. Why Did It Go So Wrong?" WIRED. November 14.- Chris Gilliard and David Golumbia (2021). "Luxury Surveillance." Real Life. July 6.- Chris Gilliard (2020). "Caught in the Spotlight." Urban Omnibus. January 9.- Chris Gilliard (2018). "Friction-Free Racism." Real Life. October 15.- Will Oremus (2021). "A Detroit community college professor is fighting Silicon Valley’s surveillance machine. People are listening." The Washington Post. September 17.- Alex Thompson (2022). "Biden’s top science adviser bullied and demeaned subordinates, according to White House investigation." Politico. February 7.- Amy Maxmen (2022). "South African scientists copy Moderna’s COVID vaccine." Nature. February 3.Study Questions:1. Can you think of additional examples of luxury and imposed surveillance? What are their similarities and differences?2. What are the limitations to the consent model for accessing digital technologies? What harms might it cause?3. Think of a common digital technology that clearly produces social harm (e.g., Facebook, facial recognition technology). How might you redesign it to maximize the social benefits while limiting the harms?4. How might governments regulate emerging digital technologies to maximize societal benefits?Transcript available at
In this episode, Shobita and Jack discuss the recent conviction of the now-notorious Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of Theranos, and what it means for tech hype. They talk about the UK government's recent decision to review the racial bias embedded in medical devices, and consider whether this will move equity objectives forward. And they speak with Kyle Powys Whyte, George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability, and Affiliate Professor of Native American Studies and Philosophy, at the University of Michigan, about how indigenous knowledge can inform the science and policy discussions related to climate change.Relevant Links:- "An Interview with Kyle Whyte." Sense & Sustainability. September 1, 2021.- Kyle Powys Whyte. "White Allies, Let's Be Honest About Decolonization." Yes! Magazine. April 3, 2018.- Kyle Powys Whyte. "Five reasons why the North Dakota pipeline fight will continue in 2017." The Conversation. January 5, 2017.- Kyle Powys Whyte. "Why the Native American pipeline resistance in North Dakota in about climate justice." The Conversation. September 16, 2016.- Kyle Powys Whyte. "Michigan's woeful track record for environmental justice." Detroit Free Press. February 4, 2016.Transcript available at
This month, Shobita and Jack discuss efforts to engage publics in the development and regulation of AI, including the AI Bill of Rights proposed by the White house, and the most recent Facebook controversies. And they talk to sociologist and lawyer Karen Levy about her forthcoming book examining the rise of technology-based surveillance in the trucking industry and its social, political, and labor implications.- Eric Lander and Alondra Nelson (2021). "Americans Need a Bill of Rights for an AI-Powered World." WIRED. October 8.- Karen Levy (2021). "You Had Me at ‘Has Never Filed for Bankruptcy’." The New York Times. March 31.- Julie Weed (2020). "Wearable Tech that tells Drowsy Truckers it's Time to Pull Over." The New York Times. February 6.- Clara Berrige and Karen Levy (2019). "Webcams in Nursing Home Rooms May Deter Elder Abuse--But Are They Ethical?" The Conversation. July 24.- Christophe Haubersin (2017). "Automation is coming for truckers. But first, they're being watched." Vox. November 20.Study Questions:1. What are the benefits and drawbacks of bringing EDL and other surveillance technologies into trucking?2. To what extent do you think the trucking (and other forms of labor) shortage can be traced to resistance to and frustration with surveillance technologies?3. How do the new technologies transform the kinds of knowledge and expertise deemed relevant to trucking? What knowledge is now valued, and what is devalued? What are the consequences?4. What is a multi-sited ethnography, and why is it useful for studying technologies, their implications, and the development of appropriate policies to manage them?(Transcript available at
In this episode, Shobita and Jack compare how the US and UK governments are managing risk and uncertainty in both pandemic policymaking and in their evolving artificial intelligence strategies. And they chat with Jason Delborne, a professor at North Carolina State University who has done both research and public and policy engagement related to gene drives, a new form of biotechnology that could transform our ecosystems.National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (2019). Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations. National Academies Press.National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (2016). Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values. National Academies Press.America in One Room (2020). Executive Summary.Delborne, J. A. (2019, January 18). Can genetic engineering save disappearing forests? The Conversation., J. A., Binder, A. R., Rivers, L., Barnes, J. C., Barnhill-Dilling, K., George, D., Kokotovich, A., & Sudweeks, J. (2018). Biotechnology, the American Chestnut Tree, and Public Engagement (Workshop Report). Genetic Engineering and Society Center., K. C., Alphey, L., Annas, G. J., Bloss, C. S., Campbell, K. J., Champer, J., Chen, C.-H., Choudhary, A., Church, G. M., Collins, J. P., Cooper, K. L., Delborne, J. A., Edwards, O. R., Emerson, C. I., Esvelt, K., Evans, S. W., Friedman, R. M., Gantz, V. M., Gould, F., … Akbari, O. S. (2020). Core commitments for field trials of gene drive organisms. Science, 370(6523), 1417–1419.
Episode 19: Climate Change, Vaccines, AI, and the Lure of Technochauvinism featuring Meredith BroussardThis month, Jack and Shobita discuss the recent IPCC report on climate change and the politics of vaccine "hesitancy", and puzzle over the lure of technological fixes to solve complex problems. And Jack speaks with Meredith Broussard, Associate Professor of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University and Research Director, NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology, who has developed a new approach to understanding this puzzle: technochauvinism.- Jack Stilgoe (2013). "Why has geoengineering been legitimised by the IPCC?" The Guardian. September 27.- Meredith Broussard (2018). Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. MIT Press.- Meredith Broussard (2019). "When Binary Code Won't Accommodate Nonbinary People." Slate. October 23.- Meredith Broussard (2019). "Letting Go of Technochauvinism." Public Books. June 17.- Meredith Broussard (forthcoming, 2023). More Than a Glitch: What Everyone Needs to Know About Making Technology Anti-Racist, Accessible, and Otherwise Useful to All. MIT Press.Study questions:1. Why are policymakers and publics so attracted to seemingly simple technological fixes?2. What are the costs of framing vaccine "hesitancy" or climate change as individual, moral problems?3. What is technochauvinism, and what's wrong with it?4. How might we approach artificial intelligence in a more socially responsible way?5. Should facial recognition technology be banned? Why or why not?
Jack and Shobita talk about her recent experiences giving Congressional testimony about equity in energy innovation, question the meaning of Freedom Day in the UK, puzzle over the FDA's recent approval of a new Alzheimer's drug, and interview Ben Tarnoff, co-founder of Logic Magazine, about tech worker organizing.- House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy, "Fostering Equity in Energy Innovation", July 16, 2021. Written testimony here.- Sheila Jasanoff, The Fifth Branch: Science Advisers as Policymakers. Harvard University Press, 1998.- Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel, editors, Voices from the Valley: Tech Workers Talk About What they Do and Why they Do It. FSG Originals, 2020.- Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel, "Silicon Valley Workers Have Had Enough," The New York Times, January 26, 2021.- Aaron Petcoff and Ben Tarnoff, "Tech Workers at Every Level Can Organize to Build Power." Jacobin Magazine. February 6, 2021.- Ben Tarnoff, "The Making of the Tech Worker Movement." Logic Magazine. May 4, 2020.
Shobita and Jack discuss the Innovation and Competition Act making its way through the US Congress as well as the most up-to-date geopolitics of COVID, including the TRIPS waiver and the "lab leak" theory. And we interview Kate Crawford, a leading scholar on the social and political implications of artificial intelligence.- Kate Crawford (2021). Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence, Yale University Press.Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler (2018). Anatomy of an AI System.- Alex Campolo and Kate Crawford (2020). "Enchanted Determinism: Power without Responsibility in Artificial Intelligence". Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. 6: 1-19.Transcript and study questions available at
In this episode, Jack and Shobita talk about the controversy over making COVID-19 vaccines globally available by waiving the patents, and the recent crash of one of Tesla's "self-driving" cars. And they chat with science journalist Angela Saini about her recent book Superior: The Return of Race Science. They discuss why assumptions about the biology of race seem so persistent even in the context of understanding COVID-19, and how George Floyd's murder may have changed global discussions about race and science.- Shobita Parthasarathy (2021). "Ensuring Global Access to COVID-19 Vaccines." Notes for a New Administration.- Angela Saini (2020). "Stereotype Threat." The Lancet. May 23.- Angela Saini (2019). Superior: The Return of Race Science. Beacon Press.- Angela Saini (2019). The Disturbing Return of Scientific Racism. WIRED. December 6.- Angela Saini (2018). Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research that's Rewriting the Story. Beacon Press.Study Questions:1) What is the problem with saying that race is biological?2) Why do scientists, and societies, struggle with rejecting the biological basis of race? What are the consequences of continuing to assume that race is biological?3) How should we understand racial disparities in health without resorting to biological explanations?4) How might discussions about race in science, and race and science, be changing in light of the 2020 protests over George Floyd's death?
Episode 15--Innovation Imaginaries and the Politics of Evidence-Based Policymaking ft. David GoldstonThis month, Jack and Shobita talk about the role of government in both funding and regulating innovation, as well as the politics of vaccine approval as European governments suspended distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine. And we speak with David Goldston, currently director of MIT's Washington office, who has extensive experience in science and technology policy including on Capitol Hill and at the National Resources Defense Council. He was also a former columnist at Nature.James Wilsdon (2021, March 16). "Aria is an oldie, but there’s no sign it will be a hit." ResearchProfessional News.- Karen Hao (2021, March 11). "How Facebook got addicted to spreading misinformation." Technology Review.- Shobita Parthasarathy (2021, March 17). "The AstraZeneca Vaccine Crisis in Europe Isn’t About Science at All." Slate.David Goldston (2009, November 4). "In which we say goodbye." Nature.- David Goldston (2009, August 5). "Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy." Bipartisan Policy Center.Study questions:1. How does "evidence-based policymaking" work in practice?2. Is it possible for science and technology policymaking to be apolitical?3. Why is "evidence-based policymaking" insufficient?4. If scientists are still so trusted in our societies, why is there a perception that there isn't?Transcript available at
In this episode, Shobita and Jack talk about President Biden's plans for science and technology policy and his appointment of Alondra Nelson as Deputy Director for Science and Society in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the United States and United Kingdom. And they chat with Maya Goldenberg, philosophy professor at the University of Guelph, about vaccine hesitancy and how it can be addressed.- Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to Dr. Eric Lander, “In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt….” Letter. January 15, 2021.- Maya Goldenberg, Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise, and the War on Science. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021.- Maya Goldenberg, "The Coronavirus Vaccines are Here. Now What?" Impact Ethics. December 18, 2020.- Maya Goldenberg. “Vaccines, Values and Science.” Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2019 April 8;191: E397-8.Maya Goldenberg, "A lack of trust, not of science, behind vaccine resistance." Toronto Star. November 9, 2017.- Maya Goldenberg, "Public Misunderstanding of Science?" Reframing the Problem of Vaccine Hesitancy." Perspectives on Science. 24:5 (2016): 552-581.- Maya Goldenberg, "Scientific Illiteracy is not the Tragedy of our Times." Impact Ethics. September 3, 2015. Study Questions:1. How is President Biden trying to re-imagine the US science and technology policy strategy?2. Why might marginalized communities of color be hesitant to take a COVID-19 vaccine?3. Why are the "war on science" and ignorance framings insufficient for understanding vaccine hesitancy?4. What are the best ways to respond to vaccine hesitancy, according to Goldenberg?Transcript available at
It's a New Year, and may soon be a new world! Shobita and Jack discuss the big changes brewing in the US and UK, from the new president to Brexit, and consider what it all means for science and technology policy. And we chat with Lina Dencik, Professor and Director of the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University.Lina Dencik (2019). "Social Justice in an Age of Datafication." Talk at the Alan Turing Institute. May 28.Lina Dencik,Arne Hintz, Joanna Redden & Emiliano Treré (2019). "Exploring Data Justice: Conceptions, Applications and Directions." Information, Communication, and Society. 22(7): 873-881.Javier Sánchez-Monedero and Lina Dencik (2020). "The politics of deceptive borders: ‘biomarkers of deceit’ and the case of iBorderCtrl." Information, Communication, and Society. 1-18.Javier Sánchez-Monedero, Lina Dencik, and Lilian Edwards (2020). "What does it mean to 'solve' the problem of discrimination in hiring?: social, technical and legal perspectives from the UK on automated hiring systems." FAT* '20: Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency. pp. 458–468.
Shobita and Jack reflect on the US election and the future of conservatism and exciting vaccine news, and speak with philosopher and STS forefather Langdon Winner about the politics of technology today. Winner recently released a new edition of his groundbreaking book, The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology.- Langdon Winner (2020). The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology. University of Chicago Press.- Langdon Winner (2020). "The virus is a catalyst, society itself the disease."- Langdon Winner (2020). The Democratic Shaping of Technology: Its Rise, Fall, and Possible Rebirth.- Alfred Nordmann and Langdon Winner (2020). "Interview with Langdon Winner: Autonomous Technology: Then and Still Now."- Shoshana Zuboff (2019). The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Public Affairs.- Langdon Winner (2017) The Cult of Innovation: Its Colorful Myths and Rituals.- Langdon Winner (2010). "The Odyssey of Captain Beefheart: Rolling Stone’s 1970 Cover Story." Rolling Stone.- Tim Wu (2010). The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. Oxford University Press.Transcript available at
Episode 11--Patent Activism, Access to Medicines, and The Social Dilemma featuring Priti KrishtelIn this episode, Jack and Shobita discuss the growing politicization of COVID-19 science and at listeners' request, review the Netflix movie The Social DIlemma. And Shobita speaks with Priti Krishtel, co-executive director of the i-MAK, the Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge about how we can reform the patent system to make pharmaceuticals more affordable and accessible.Priti Krishtel (2020). Why are Drug Prices So High? Investigating the Outdated US Patent System. TED Talk.Interview with Angela Glover Blackwell (2020). "From Patients to Patents: A Focus on Health Equity." The Radical Imagination Podcast.- Priti Krishtel (2019). The Solution to America's Drug Pricing Crisis. NEXUS USA.- Priti Krishtel (2019). "Public Participation in the Patent System Will Lower Drug Costs." Morning Consult. January 4.- Priti Krishtel (2018). "How High-Priced Drugs Cripple Prison Health Care—and Reform." The Crime Report. December 18.- Priti Krishtel (2018). "Women Are Being Hurt the Most by the Drug Pricing Crisis." Ms. Magazine. October 30.- Priti Krishtel (2018). "A Supreme Court victory for lowering drug prices." The Hill. April 28.Transcript and more at
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Özgür Kadir Özer

Thanks for the podcast. I'm looking forward to listening new episodes.

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