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No time for a proper blog today, so just a quick thought. I attended a launch this morning for a report by The Big Innovation Centre and MATTER all about what they called "Responsible Innovation". It was a discussion about the ways in which corporate and scientific innovation pipelines could be improved by building in more transparency, and stronger checks and balances. They advocated greater transparency, where commercially possible, to ensure that public, NGO and other interests were factored into decisions about whether to proceed at key stages of development.

No time for a proper blog today, so just a quick thought. I attended a launch this morning for a report by The Big Innovation Centre and MATTER all about what they called "Responsible Innovation". It was a discussion about the ways in which corporate and scientific innovation pipelines could be improved by building in more transparency, and stronger checks and balances. They advocated greater transparency, where commercially possible, to ensure that public, NGO and other interests were factored into decisions about whether to proceed at key stages of development.

Hilary Sutcliffe from MATTER posed the question Matthew here at the RSA has also asked before: just because we can give birth to a new scientific or technological breakthrough, how often do we ask whether we actually should?

But for me, what was absent was a discussion about how this challenge function can be strengthened in the process of innovation. In particular, I thought about the way the military deploy red teams to play the role of adversaries in war games, and the way intelligence agencies have brought the hackers in-house to understand weaknesses in cyber defences. How many companies employ or pay for people to hack innovations in their pipeline and work out how to use them for nefarious purposes?

Is it time to fund "responsible" science and tech hackers in the same way as we fund the research organisations that develop the ideas we bank our hopes on?

 

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