OSA Seminar by Nicholas J. Rowland

Potential Public Use of 'Opportunity Radars'

2018.06.08 | Merete Elmann

Date Thu 02 Aug
Time 11:00 12:00
Location Room 2628-M303, Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

Thursday, 2 August 2018 at 11:00 in room 2628-M303, Associate Prof. Nicholas J. Rowland from Penn State Altoona will give a seminar entitled

Potential Public Use of 'Opportunity Radars'

As intellectual traffic between futures studies and science and technology studies deepens, identifying contributions that STS can make to FS has come into focus, and this presentation -- without irony -- imagines the potential public use of ‘Opportunity Radars’. The ‘Opportunity Radar’, as a tool, organizes aggregate imaginaries -- in many cases, real and potential market opportunities -- on a platform that resembles a (visual) radar screen. The potential of future public and policy applications of this tool primarily hinges on the tool allowing for multiple inputs (i.e., from the public) in asynchronous collaboration. While most visions or imaginaries of the future are thought to be short-lived and inconsistent across actors, prolonged use of Opportunity Radars may help to overcome the perceived ephemeral quality of multiple local ontologies. The presentation concludes by staking-out how STS research can contribute to our understanding and application of tools like the Opportunity Radar.


Everyone is welcome!