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Exploring Technology Hypes at the Ragnar Nurkse Department Seminar

The Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, a cornerstone of the PADST project, recently hosted an enlightening seminar focused on the dynamics of technology hypes. This seminar featured key insights from a special issue edited by Jascha Bareis, Maximilian Roßmann, and Frédérique Bordignon in the TATuP – Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice, which can be accessed here.

Jascha Bareis from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, and Maximilian Roßmann from Maastricht University, spearheaded the session with a detailed presentation on understanding and managing technological hypes. Their discussion delved into the intricate role of temporality in shaping hypes and the strategic use of emotional appeals to capture public interest.

Opening remarks by Erkki Karo set the stage for a discussion that explored the definition of hypes, strategies for their recognition and management, and the ethical implications of overpromising and its consequential deception. The conversation also highlighted the potential advantages of well-managed hypes, such as stimulating innovation in high-risk sectors, and examined the collaborative efforts between academia, policymakers, and industry.

This seminar not only provided valuable insights for attendees but also set a foundation for future discussions on technology governance and policy-making. It underscored the importance of this topic within the PADST project and beyond, promising further exploration in upcoming events.

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