Technoscientia est Potentia?

Karen Kastenhofer, Jan C. Schmidt
2011 Poiesis & Praxis  
Within the realm of nano-, bio-, info-and cogno-(or NBIC) technosciences, the 'power to change the world' is often invoked. One could dismiss such formulations as 'purely rhetorical', interpret them as rhetorical and self-fulfilling or view them as an adequate depiction of one of the fundamental characteristics of technoscience. In the latter case, a very specific nexus between science and technology, or, the epistemic and the constructionist realm is envisioned. The following paper focuses on
more » ... his nexus drawing on theoretical conceptions as well as empirical material. It presents an overview of different technoscientific ways to 'change the world'-via contemplation and representation, intervention and control, engineering, construction and creation. It further argues that the hybrid character of technoscience makes it difficult (if not impossible) to separate knowledge production from real world interventions and challenges current science and technology policy approaches in fundamental ways. Résumé Dans le monde des nano-, bio-, info-et cogno-(ou NBIC) technosciences, le «pouvoir de changer le monde» est souvent invoqué. Ces formulations pourraient être mises de côté comme «purement rhétoriques», ou bien interprétées comme étant rhétoriques et auto-réalisatrices, ou bien vues comme une description adéquate d'une des caractéristiques fondamentales de la technoscience. Dans le dernier cas, une connexion bien spécifique est imaginée entre la science et la technologie, ou bien le monde épistémique et obstructionniste. Cet article se
doi:10.1007/s10202-011-0101-2 pmid:22207830 pmcid:PMC3234353 fatcat:734rklptxbfvbgbuod3h7fgyb4