© 2017 Aleksandra KURLENKOVA, Elena SOKOLOVA, Yury VOYNILOV, Alena NEFEDOVA
2017 – №1 (13)
Elena Sokolova and Alexandra Kurlenkova talk to Yury Voynilov and Alena Nefedova
Yury Voynilov is a PhD student at the Center for Fundamental Sociology, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Alena Nefedova is a PhD student at National Research University Higher School of Economics; junior research fellow at the Laboratory of Innovation Economics, Institute of Statistical Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Key words: the attitude of the population towards science, technology and technology, interest in science, awareness of the latest scientific and technological achievements, the demand for new technologies, the public attitude towards cloning, stem cells, genetic engineering
Abstract: In the interview, Yury Voynilov and Alena Nefedova share the results of a specialized poll of 2015 ‘Monitoring of innovative behavior of the population’ conducted by the Institute of Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge of the Higher School of Economics since 2009. The survey was devoted to studying the public attitude of Russians to new bio- and medical technologies, such as genetic diagnostics and gene editing, cloning, use of stem cells, and consumption of synthesized food products.
Most Russians believe that science is more useful than harmful; at the same time, they are not well informed about the latest scientific achievements, and poorly participate in the discussion of scientific and technical results. Respondents are more interested in affordable technologies that are applicable in everyday life (for example, distance medicine). Ethically ambiguous and potentially unsafe technologies (for example, gene editing) are in demand to a lesser extent. The interview also touches on the problem of inequality in access to new technologies.
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