By Helga Nowotny
Interest is the most driver at the back of clinical task. clinical interest, insatiable in its explorations, doesn't be aware of what it's going to locate, or the place it is going to lead. technology wishes autonomy to domesticate this type of untrammeled interest; innovation, even though, responds to the wishes and wishes of society. Innovation, argues influential ecu technology stories pupil Helga Nowotny, tames the fervour of technology, harnessing it to provide ''deliverables.'' technology brings uncertainties; innovation effectively copes with them. Society demands either the eagerness for wisdom and its taming. This ambivalence, Nowotny contends, is an inevitable results of modernity.In Insatiable interest, Nowotny explores the strands of the usually unforeseen intertwining of technology and know-how and society. Uncertainty arises, she writes, from an oversupply of information. the hunt for innovation is society's reaction to the uncertainties that include medical and technological success. Our issue is how one can stability the monstrous yet unpredictable strength of technology and know-how with our acknowledgment that now not every thing that may be performed might be performed. we will get away the previous polarities of utopias and dystopias, writes Nowotny, via accepting our ambivalence—as a legacy of modernism and a good cultural source.
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As the historian of science Simon Schaffer has shown, they oscillate The Emergence of the New 41 between two poles. At one end, scientific activity is presented to the public in a way that suggests its direct connection to everyday experience and everyday understanding. Scientific activity then becomes a continuation of general thinking, and all people can understand it. The (even today still usually male) scientist acting in this image resembles a hobby tinkerer. He has craftsmanlike skills like those encountered in everyday life and is inventive and practical.
In the face of the new, the play of imagination can begin, but communicating the new is already difficult because the language for this is lacking and the images are deceptive. Different patterns of argumentation can promote or hinder the new. The language that the new is clothed in is either not yet available at all or not yet made for it. It triggers varying associations and holds much scope for interpretation. It easily falters where the point is to dampen the shock of the new, which nonetheless has to struggle on its The Emergence of the New 43 radical path to a changed way of viewing things.
Nature stands precisely not for immutability but for diversity and deviation from what has existed heretofore. If everything is constantly changing, then “natural” can be understood only as an appeal to the knowledge of the past. Then it is an expression of the attempt to ward off the future and to ensure that 48 Chapter 1 deviance is forgotten. , lasting and universal. , ideal and nostalgic. , as a matter of course and the norm. , as described by imperatives and ideals. ”22 Nature knows no future tense—and yet it constantly provides for the emergence of the new.
Insatiable curiosity: innovation in a fragile future by Helga Nowotny