Science, technology, and society (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that seeks greater understanding of the processes by which science, technology, and society mutually shape each other. Research in STS calls attention to and critiques oversimplified conceptions in three broad categories: (1) the nature of scientific knowledge and practice, (2) the process by which technology develops, and (3) the role of science and technology in human experience. A recurring theme in STS is that scientific discovery and technological advancement do not automatically lead to comprehensive social progress. Much work in the field, therefore, focuses on realizing the positive potential latent in new knowledge, techniques, and devices, as well as in avoiding undesirable unintended consequences and other negative outcomes.

Communication enters into the mutual shaping of STS ...

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