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Experiencing socio-technical futures : augmenting the anticipatory facet of (e)CTA with experiential futures methods

Lindeman, J.J. (2018) Experiencing socio-technical futures : augmenting the anticipatory facet of (e)CTA with experiential futures methods.

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Abstract:Soft impacts are a not easily definable set of impacts of (new and emerging) technologies that Swierstra and te Molder (2012), for instance, describe as impacts that lack a moral closure, that are not easily quantifiable and whose causes are unclear. Technologies can, through such impacts, shape and reorient practices and actors' patterns of interpretation. ethical-Constructive Technology Assessment or eCTA and its related approaches aim, among other things, to anticipate soft impacts. In the form that Kiran, Oudshoorn and Verbeek (2015) present eCTA, it relies on imagination and scenarios as methods to anticipate future soft impacts. Such methods can, as this thesis will argue from a postphenomenological standpoint, be considered to lack contextual sensitivity in that they are neither sufficiently empirically grounded nor can transcend the lifeworlds of those responsible for the imagination or scenario building. This thesis aims to find methodological solutions to fill this context-related epistemic gap by introducing empirically grounded material deliberation and searches for it in experiential futures methods that have emerged in the confluence of futures studies and design. In doing so, this thesis evaluates a host of methodological options that require consideration in the context of experiential methods and presents examples to illustrate and deliberate on the epistemic benefits of experiential futures methods when augmenting the anticipatory facet of eCTA and the related CTA or Constructive Technology Assessment.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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