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Two New STS Concentrations 2020-21!

 
Explore how natural, technological, economic, political, and social dimensions of catastrophic risks interact. 
 
Analyze data and information as the products of social choices both constrained and created by the costs, limits, and opportunities inherent in technology.
 
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Featured Faculty Publication

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Your Computer Is on Fire

Techno-utopianism is dead: Now is the time to pay attention to the inequality, marginalization, and biases woven into our technological systems.

Editors include Stanford Professor Tom Mullaney, Department of History and STS and  contributors include STS Director, Professor Paul Edwards, along with Janet Abbate, Ben Allen, Nathan Ensmenger, Mar Hicks, Halcyon M. Lawrence, Thomas S. Mullaney, Safiya Umoja Noble, Benjamin Peters, Kavita Philip, Sarah T. Roberts, Sreela Sarkar, Corinna Schlombs, Andrea Stanton, Mitali Thakor, Noah Wardrip-Fruin

This book sounds an alarm: after decades of being lulled into complacency by narratives of technological utopianism and neutrality, people are waking up to the large-scale consequences of Silicon Valley–led technophilia. This book trains a spotlight on the inequality, marginalization, and biases in our technological systems, showing how they are not just minor bugs to be patched, but part and parcel of ideas that assume technology can fix—and control—society.

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Molly Mitchel
In my STS classes, I’ve learned the importance of considering a situation from various perspectives including the social, historical, cultural, technical, and economical. Using this STS mindset, I’ve been able to think about situations more critically and develop more nuanced arguments.
Molly Mitchel, STS Student and Peer Advisor