“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Dr Tim Oliver is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, and an Associate of LSE IDEAS, the LSE’s foreign policy think tank. He is the author of ‘Understanding Brexit: A concise introduction’ (Polity Press, 2018) and ‘Europe’s Brexit: EU Responses to Britain’s Vote to Leave’ (Agenda, 2018). He was previously a Dahrendorf Fellow at LSE IDEAS, has taught at the LSE, UCL, and for several years as a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and been a researcher and visiting fellow at NYU, RAND, the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. He has also worked in the House of Lords and the European Parliament.