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Buy and Download Description The attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., 11 September 2001 ("9/11"), as well as other attacks throughout the world since, have demonstrated how vulnerable our modern societies are. These events shattered many people's basic feelings of security and safeness, though 9/11 probably did not radically change the view of scholars in science, technology, and society studies (STS). This chapter was written in response to these attacks, when several historians and sociologists of technology and science asked in what ways their research could be relevant to understanding these events.1 I will argue that it is worth while to investigate the vulnerability of technological culture, and that this can be done fruitfully from an STS perspective. My main point, however, is different. I want to suggest that vulnerability is not to be taken as something purely negative. Living in a technological culture, I will argue, inevitably implies living in a vulnerable world. And vulnerability is not only an inevitable characteristic; it is even an important asset of our technological culture as a prerequisite for living with the quest for innovation. To live in an open, changing, and innovative culture, we must pay the price of vulnerability. The attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., 11 September 2001 ("9/11"), as well as other attacks throughout the world since, have demonstrated how vulnerable our modern societies are. These events shattered many people's basic feelings of securi
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