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  • April 8, 2014 |

    While the need for responsible research is becoming more widely accepted, scientists still disagree on what "social responsibility in science" actually means. One study analyzed more than 250 scientific journal articles covering responsibility in research, the results of which were published in the first issue of JRI. Opinions range from one extreme that scientists should be left alone to do their work free of bias to the other extreme that research should be completely transparent and open to the public. 

  • April 1, 2014 | Innovation Excellence

    Innovation Excellence has published Jonny Hankins' review of the inaugural issue of the Journal of Responsible Innovation. His review guides readers through the issue with a brief summary of and commentary on each article. 

  • March 26, 2014 | The Bassetti Foundation blog

    Hankins provides a brief summary of and response to each article in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Responsible Innovation

  • March 12, 2014 | Manchester Policy Blogs: Science and Technology

    The emerging concept of responsible innovation is already taking hold in science policy and governance, writes Jonny Hankins. He argues for a multi-faced approach that emphasizes reflexivity, involves public engagement from the outset and brings on board social scientists.

  • March 7, 2014 | ASU News

    David Guston, director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU, is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Responsible Innovation, which brings together the responsible innovation scholarly community.

  • February 26, 2014 | ASU News

    Visualization scenarios, the product of a unique collaboration between ASU's Center for Nanotechnology in Society and The Design School, offer a new way to envision how a city's future might play out. The collaboration explores what scenarios might mean for environmental, economic and social sustainability.

  • February 20, 2014 | ASU News

    CNS-ASU Director David Guston led an international symposium on “Responsible Innovation in a Global Context” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 conference in Chicago on Feb. 15. The symposium anticipates the launch of the new Journal of Responsible Innovation (JRI) later this month.

  • February 14, 2014 | Slate

    Brundage breaks down exactly how OmniCorp, the fictional robotics company in the new RoboCop, fails to follow 5 basic robotics ethical principles. He concludes that while RoboCop may not impress movie critics, it does demonstrate "the sort of future we should try to avoid" and the need for ethics in AI technology development.    

  • February 7, 2014 | Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    How does including an ethicist on a research team affect scientific research, and does it generate productive collaboration among scholars? Erik Fisher, associate director for integration with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and principal investigator for the SocioTechnical Integration Research (STIR) project, will address these and other responsible innovation questions when he testifies before the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in Washington on Tuesday, February 11, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m. (EST). He will be a panel participant in the "Implementation Strategies for Ethics Integration" session, which will include a roundtable discussion. For links to view an agenda and a live webcast of the meeting, visit 

    To learn more about STIR and Erik Fisher's research, visit

  • For Better and Worse: Future Tense Blogger Miles Brundage Looks at Both Sides of Technology's Influence on Work

    February 5, 2014 | contributor Miles Brundage has published a new Future Tense blog reviewing two recent publications that he concludes focus too heavily on "how technology will affect the quantity of work, rather than the quality." Brundage questions whether the technology-enhanced workplace is "a future you should be looking forward to, if you're lucky enough to have a job in the future at all" and goes on to address work experience quality concerns, including the robotization of human workers, worsened working conditions, and the elimination of human wisdom and experience in workplace interactions. 

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