This is a collection of cases where someone seemingly had a large incentive to pursue a technology, and did not.
These are cases where incentives to pursue a technology were overcome by concerns about downsides not imminently accruing to the decision-maker (e.g. risks to distant people, ethical concerns). These cases are being collected via the Resisted Technological Temptations Project.
|Technology||Key Actors||Value Resisted||Time Period||Explanation|
|Geoengineering||Global Organizations, Large Countries||\$1012-1013/yr by mid-century||19741) / 20062) to Present||Scientists' and environmental groups' opposition inhibit experiments needed before implementation|
|Nuclear power||Some Countries||\$109-1010/yr and 103-104 lives/yr||19643) / 19874) / 20115) to Present||Political decisions important; local opposition grows to national movement; warning shots|
|Vaccine challenge trials||Pharmaceutical Companies, IRBs||\$1012-1013 and 105-106 lives lost for COVID-19||19746) to Present||Asymmetric justice for IRBs slows medical research|
This is a non-exhaustive list of plausible cases that we have not investigated.
(We have not investigated these cases)