The Board aims to assess impacts and options of technology in all areas of society; to stimulate public debate on technology; and to support the political decision-making process and shaping of technological change.
Current projects include artificial intelligence, mobile health technologies, the future of jobs, driverless cars and foresight and anticipatory governance. The Board furthermore monitors international technological trends and methods for technology assessment and foresight. Its activities are addressed to the Norwegian Parliament, governmental bodies and the public at large.
The NBT has long experience with developing and using participatory methods such as stakeholder involvement, citizens’ panels, scenario workshops and open hearings, as well as considerable expertise in anticipatory thinking and scenario building.
The Board in particular makes use of participatory methods in technology assessment in order to strengthen the voice of lay people, and integrates communication into the praxis of technology assessment in order to strengthen the knowledge and debate on science and technology issues.