TalkingBiotech 079: Technology and Society (link)
Very nice. One thing that moved me toward studying both genetics and economics was the realization that science does not occur in a vacuum. No matter how great the scientific discovery or technological breakthrough, its ability to make a positive impact is governed and shaped by political, social, economic, and financial forces. Everything from venture capital funding, regulatory constraints, government grants, to the influences of food marketers and celebrity tweets.
"There are scientists that help define the social reaction to science and the way that scientists need to communicate issues in technology. Dr. Matthew Harsh is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Engineering Technology at Concordia University in Montreal Canada. The discussion talks about the interface of natural sciences and social sciences, and how discussions can affect policy"