The Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET) is a collaborative effort between the School of Engineering and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) at MIT, involving the Technology and Policy Program within the Engineering Systems Division, the Center for International Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Program in Science, Technology and Society. PoET was recently awarded a 5-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program. PoET is designed to bring together engineering and social science faculty as well as students.

Emerging technologies in areas such as ubiquitous computing, genetic engineering, and micro and nanotechnologies are developing at extraordinary rates. Understanding of the economic, security, environmental, and cultural implications of emerging technologies has not kept pace with underlying technological change. The Program on Emerging Technologies at MIT seeks to improve responses to emerging technologies by engaging early and explicitly with the pervasive uncertainty that is often under-recognized in technology assessment exercises.

An NSF-IGERT interdisciplinary program.

PoET faculty, researchers, staff and students