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Frankenstein and Creation

Sunday 26 March 2017

1 Hour


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Expert in the ethics of innovation Professor Dave Guston goes back to Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein text and explores the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by the original story.

Guston has co-edited a new edition of the romantic tale, Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds, which pairs the original text with annotations and essays by leading scholars. Guston says Shelley was keenly aware of contemporary developments in science and incorporated them into her story. The story resonates forcefully today in an age of synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and climate engineering that raises new questions about science and creativity.

Guston is founding director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University and co-director of the university’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. His book, Between Politics and Science: Assuring the Integrity and Productivity of Research, won the 2002 Don K. Price Prize from the American Political Science Association for best book in science and technology policy.

Here he talks to Nick Clark, former arts correspondent of The Independent.

Programme of American literature and culture.