Technological change has brought immeasurable benefits to billions through
improved health, productivity, and convenience. Yet as recent events have
shown, unless we actively manage their risks to society, new technologies may
also bring unforeseen destructive consequences. Making technological change
positive for all is the critical challenge of our time. We ourselves – not only the
logic of discovery and market forces – must manage it. To create a future where
technology serves humanity as a whole, we need a new approach.
To this end, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and
International Affairs has launched a new endeavor, the Technology and
Public Purpose (TAPP) Project. Led by Belfer Center Director, MIT
Innovation Fellow, and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP
Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and
managed in ways that serve the overall public good.

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