40 episodes

Are robots racist? Should we regulate gene editing? Have people stopped trusting experts? Does scientific research make the world a more unequal place? The Received Wisdom is a podcast about how to realize the potential of science and technology by challenging the received wisdom. Join Shobita and Jack as they talk to thinkers and doers from around the world about governing science and technology to make the world a better place.

The Received Wisdom Shobita Parthasarathy & Jack Stilgoe

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

Are robots racist? Should we regulate gene editing? Have people stopped trusting experts? Does scientific research make the world a more unequal place? The Received Wisdom is a podcast about how to realize the potential of science and technology by challenging the received wisdom. Join Shobita and Jack as they talk to thinkers and doers from around the world about governing science and technology to make the world a better place.

    Episode 39: The Politics of Air Pollution, Ozempic, and Luddism ft. Brian Merchant

    Episode 39: The Politics of Air Pollution, Ozempic, and Luddism ft. Brian Merchant

    In this episode, Shobita and Jack tackle the EPA's recent efforts to increase monitoring of air pollutants, Jack's new documentary on existential risks, and the Ozempic craze. And Jack chats with Brian Merchant, a freelance journalist who focuses on tech who recently wrote Blood in the machine: The origins of rebellion against big tech about the history of Luddism.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 38: CRISPR therapies, Boeing, and reconnecting with Alondra Nelson

    Episode 38: CRISPR therapies, Boeing, and reconnecting with Alondra Nelson

    In the first episode of 2024, Shobita and Jack reflect on the first CRISPR therapy approved by drug regulators around the world, for sickle cell disease. We also talk about the safety issues plaguing Boeing, and the Post Office scandal roiling the UK and why it matters for regulating AI. And, we reconnect with Alondra Nelson, one of The Received Wisdom's first guests! Alondra Nelson is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and previously as deputy assistant to President Joe Biden and acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 37: Climate Change Realpolitik, Following the Sams, and Evaluating Research ft. Sarah de Rijcke

    Episode 37: Climate Change Realpolitik, Following the Sams, and Evaluating Research ft. Sarah de Rijcke

    This month, Shobita and Jack reflect on the recent COP meeting in the United Arab Emirates, recent AI news including the Biden Administration's Executive Order, the UK summit, and the fates of the two Sams: Altman and Bankman-Fried. And they chat with Sarah de Rijcke, Professor in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies and Scientific Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 36: Electric Cars, the Problems with Tech Biographies, and Against Technoableism ft. Ashley Shew

    Episode 36: Electric Cars, the Problems with Tech Biographies, and Against Technoableism ft. Ashley Shew

    In this episode, Shobita and Jack discuss the United Auto Worker strike, facial recognition technology in schools, and the recent biographies of Elon Musk and Sam Bankman-Fried. And, they interview Ashley Shew, author of Against Technoableism and Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 35: The Long, Hot AI Summer, India's Space Mission, and Addressing Inequality through Innovation ft. Richard Jones

    Episode 35: The Long, Hot AI Summer, India's Space Mission, and Addressing Inequality through Innovation ft. Richard Jones

    Jack and Shobita are back after a summer hiatus! We return talking about--of course--ChatGPT and other generative AI, the problem at Fukushima, and India's Chandrayaan Rover. Then we chat with Richard A.L. Jones, professor of material physics and innovation policy . He is also the Vice President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement at Manchester University.

    Episode 34: The Importance of the Humanities, Tech Politics, and Equity in Science ft. Cassidy Sugimoto

    Episode 34: The Importance of the Humanities, Tech Politics, and Equity in Science ft. Cassidy Sugimoto

    Jack and Shobita discuss the decline in humanities majors as the number of computer and data science majors rise, and why this is will have very bad consequences. Then they chat about emerging efforts to regulate both in vitro gametogenesis (creation of eggs and sperm using pluripotent stem cells) and generative AI. Finally, they talk to Cassidy Sugimoto, Professor and Tom and Marie Patton School Chair in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, about her new book, Equity for Women in Science: Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Advancement.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

SheNar1 ,

Thoughtful analysis of science and society issues

Shobita and Jack discuss current science and tech issues and events through the lens of its impact on social issues, especially topics often overlooked in the excitement of new discoveries. Explained in layman’s terms, and with expert guests, this podcast shines a light on important considerations that should be addressed in the creation of new medical, tech and science solutions

bucketsaway ,

Two leading thinkers in STS find a new voice

Shobita and Jack are at the forefront of thinking on the relationships between, science, technology, and society. Each has a clear public voice on a wide range of topics, and a history of commitment to making academic concepts both intelligible and engaged with current debates shaping our societies. I’m excited to see how they bring their skills to bare through this podcast, and I can confidently say you will not be disappointed.

Tijs van Maasakkers ,

Exciting!

Such a promising addition to the resources associated with STS!

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