Jameson Wetmore

Jameson Wetmore, Speaker at C2 Montréal 2019
Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Jameson has studied how the Amish choose which technologies they will permit in their communities, examined the complex systems New Orleans uses to prevent disasters like Katrina, and explored how religious thinkers seek to influence nanoscale research and policy.

The new-tech humanist

Jameson Wetmore examines the way we adopt and use technology and asks that we consider weighing the value of our new tools before embracing them. His goal is to debunk the myth that technology is inevitable and that we either have to ride with it or get pushed aside. Rather, he suggests, we all have a role to play in shaping the world around us through the technologies we choose and the ways we use them. Jameson combines the fields of science and tech studies, ethics and public policy in order to better understand the interconnected relationships between technology and society. His research comes back to a recurring question: How do we design and create technological systems, and, in turn, how do these systems help define, reinforce and propagate specific values? Ultimately, he hopes to empower people to further their values through their decisions about technology.

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