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Technology and Non-Evident Risk – A Contribution to Prevention

Guillermo Miguel Eguiazu and Alberto Motta

This book deals with the prevention of potential non-evident risks on human health associated with technology which encloses the general knowledge of developing processes used to achieve either goods or services. The voids in technological knowledge used in the development of new technologies are responsible for hidden defects in the same. The authors suggest that hidden defects in technologies are accountable for hazards in generations of environmental factors that they call technopathogens. These factors can cause adverse effects to human health which are expressed not immediately but over years or even generations. This phenomenon is defined as technopathogeny. Since technopathogeny cannot be framed within existing disciplines related to the phenomenon such as risk assessment, risk management, technology assessment, technological genesis, environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment or ecology, the authors coin a new term for this specific discipline called Technopathogenology.


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This book could not have been possible had it not been for the recognition, trust and committment of three honourable persons who supported our work. Should our discipline contribute to protect human beings from non- evident technological risk, it will not be our credit alone but their’s too. These persons are:  Professor Dr. Heinrich Beck, who, through his work and personal charisma has given us the intellectual thrust needed to understand the essence of Technique in our object of study. We thank him for his encouragement and support, for his commitment in the dissemination of our work and for his devotion in the evaluation of the manuscript. (*)  Dr. Günter Emde, founder and first director of the INESPE pro- ject, for his moral support, but especially for the continuous ma- terial support given through the years to A. Motta after he was expelled from the University due to the whistleblower nature of our work. Had it not been for Dr. Emde’s integrity and generos- ity we wouldn’t have been able to carry out this work.  Professor Dr. Armin Tenner, member and former Chairman of the INES network, for his moral support, for encouraging us to write this book, for his dedication during the writing process and meticulous revision and correction of the translation of the chap- ters and especially, for financing its publication. We would also like to thank:  Katrin Forrer, for her excellent disposition and unconditional and essential support in the text typesetting.  Peter Lang AG, for trusting in...

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