I have been toying with the idea of starting a permanent blog on and off for a while – especially since I penned two articles on DIYbio, citizen science in molecular biology, last year. Until now though, the blog idea has been left unimplemented – other projects inevitably come up quickly and the “blog launch date” gets delayed ad infinitum.
After a while, starting a blog actually seems to become harder. A bunch of ideas for posts accumulate in note form and the expectation of “great blog posts to come” becomes harder to fulfil. The blog becomes a type of ze frankian braincrack.
So: In order to just jump into the water, and learn blogging while doing, I enrolled in a module that is assessed in large part on posting blog entries, as well as covering a seriously interesting topic: “Governing Emerging Technologies”.
The course is run by Jack Stilgoe, who blogs here. It’s been only a week so far but the first discussion during the seminar promises a stimulating time ahead. I expect to blog mostly on topics relating to synthetic biology, DIYbio and biohacking, citizen science and iGEM “human practice”, but maybe also some unexpected topics in response to the course. What excites me furthermore about the course is to spend time thinking critically about technologies, responsible innovation and the relationship between technology, science and society. And it’s great to be in a course that requires a lot of writing (daunting, but hopefully rewarding) and discussions in seminars – a very different experience to the technical courses I usually take.
Image Credit: Hello World coliroid published in Levskaya et al., Nature, 2005
The coolest “Hello World” program in a while.