Todd Pittinsky, a professor in the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, has written a new book, Science, Technology, and Society: New Perspectives and Directions (December 2019) Cambridge University Press.
This book gathers inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives on the effects that today’s advances in science and technology have on issues ranging from government policy-making to how we see the differences between men and women. The chapters investigate how invention and innovation really take place, how science differs from competing forms of knowledge, and how science and technology could contribute more to the greater good of humanity. For instance, should there be legal restrictions on ‘immoral inventions’? A key theme that runs throughout the book concerns who is taken into account at each stage and who is affected. The number of influence users have on technology development and how non-users are factored in are evaluated as the impact of scientific and technological progression on society is investigated, including politics, economy, family life, and ethics.
“Science, Technology, and Society: New Perspectives and Directions contains an absorbing collection of thought-provoking essays on a broad range of topics in science and technology studies.” — John N. Parker, Co-Director of the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, and Society Program
Pittinsky’s research investigates the well-known problems and underestimated potential of diverse communities, with a central focus on positive intergroup relations. He earned an AB in psychology from Yale University, an MA in psychology from Harvard and a PhD in organizational behavior from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Business School. Prior to joining the Stony Brook faculty he was an associate professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as research director of the Center for Public Leadership.