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Parallel session

Beyond cheerleading

4 July

10:10 to 11:20


Hope or Hype: The skeptic’s guide to reporting on innovation

Every day we're bombarded with news on new technologies “Five innovations that could save our panet.” “Three technologies that will improve your health.” The pace and scale of innovation makes it hard for journalists to keep up, let alone understand and evaluate the new fixes critically. That may not matter much for the latest lifestyle app. But it’s an enormous issue when it comes to figuring out how to write about a new technological solution to climate change, heart disease or food production. Speakers from around the world will recount cautionary tales of techno-hype, especially in the challenging fields of environment, development, and health, and offer guidelines on how to evaluate the next big thing.

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