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Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies

Calestous Juma


The rise of artificial intelligence has rekindled a long-standing debate on the impact of technology on employment. This is just one of many areas where exponential advances in technology signal both hope and fear, leading to public controversy. This book shows that many debates over new technologies are framed in the context of risks to moral values, human health, and environmental safety. But it argues that behind these legitimate concerns often lie deeper, but unacknowledged, socioeconomic considerations. Technological tensions are often heightened by perceptions that the benefits of new te ... More

Keywords: innovation, resistance to technology, incumbency, society, social institution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190467036
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Calestous Juma, author
Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of Science, Technology, Globalization, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University