Interdependencies Between Science, Technology, and Society


The outlined developments are changing the role of science and technology in society. On the one hand, the computer-based prognoses of science are transforming society into a culture of predictions.

The socio-political consequences of the prognoses on climate change are a paramount example. Scientific methodology serves not only as a means of gaining expertise, but also as a tool for self-reflection on complex behaviors. On the other hand, science and technology are influencing everyday life more intensively than ever through new manufacturing methods. Thereby, traditional artisanal and cultural implementation strategies are discarded, and new areas of application are automated.

These tendencies challenge our conception of subjectivity and the role of humans in a society formed by science and technology. But it also raises questions about social participation in technological developments and innovation (Open Innovation, Living Labs) as well as open access to research results (Open Science).