Author Archives: Jack Stilgoe

About Jack Stilgoe

Jack Stilgoe is a professor of science and technology policy in the department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London.

Review of Autonomy in Literary Review, October 2018

(The paywalled version of this review is here). Will the Wheels Come Off? Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car – and How It Will Reshape Our World By Lawrence D Burns with Christopher Shulgan   There is a … Continue reading

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Geoengineering. A chapter in the Companion to Enviromental Studies

I have a chapter in the new Routledge Companion to Environmental Studies summarising the debate on geoengineering. The publisher, despite employing our free labour, have refused to send out copies to authors. I’ve pasted a preprint version of the chapter. … Continue reading


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‘What a pleasure it is to be misled’: Thoughts on a year in the US

(This piece was originally published in Alchemy magazine, the annual newsletter of my department, Science and Technology Studies at UCL) July, 2016: In an aircraft museum in Denver, against a backdrop of Cold War cast-offs, Donald Trump arrived, late, to … Continue reading

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We need new rules for self-driving cars

I have a feature piece in Issues in Science and Technology. It makes the case for self-driving car regulation, beginning with questions of safety and expanding into questions of mobility and urban planning. My argument focuses on the National Transportation … Continue reading

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What can a self-driving car crash teach us about the politics of machine learning?

This post is an excerpt from the paper Machine learning, social learning and the governance of self-driving cars, in Social Studies of Science. It was originally published on the Transmissions blog.  (Image: NTSB simulation of crash scenarios, 2017)   In May 2016, … Continue reading

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Why we must scrutinise the magical thinking behind geoengineering

(This piece was originally written in the wake of the Paris Agreement. I’ve tidied it up and put it here for safe-keeping). ‘In time of trouble, I had been trained since childhood, read, learn, work it up, go to the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the March for Science

I went along to the March for Science in Denver. I was there in part as an observer. As someone who studies the relationship between science and politics, this was a rare opportunity to see public displays of affections and annoyances … Continue reading

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Talking ‘tech’ on The World This Weekend

At the start of 2017, I ventured through the snow to KGNU, Boulder’s community radio station, to record an interview with Mark Mardell for The World This Weekend on the BBC. They edited out my citation for the quote at the … Continue reading

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Podcast on self-driving cars

During a visit to the wonderful people at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation and Society, Andrew Maynard and Heather Ross invited me into the podcast booth to talk about self-driving cars. This connects to a piece on the … Continue reading

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Frankenstein podcast, featuring Langdon Winner

I made this podcast during a recent meeting called ‘Frankenstein’s Shadow‘, which took place at the same time (200 years on) and place (pretty much) as Mary Shelley began writing her great novel. The bulk of the podcast is a talk given … Continue reading

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