Wahrnehmung, Bewertung und die Akzeptabilität von Technik in Deutschland
Do Germans have a hostile attitude towards technology? This question does not seem current anymore. Empirical social-scientific research has identified a remarkably distinguished public image of technology. Approval or disapproval does not refer to technology as such, but to specific technologies and their application. And the reasons for approval or disapproval are as manifold as the assessment of different technologies. Relevant criteria are the perceived benefits and risks, ethical acceptability, the estimation of a reasonable regulation as well as trust in developers, operators and regulators. In addition, the public is increasingly asking for direct involvement in decisions on technologies.