Power in … [a] narrow sense is the priority of output over intake, the ability to talk instead of listen. In a sense, it is the ability to afford not to learn (Deutsch 1966, 111).

The answer to the question of who gets to decide on the legitimate and illegitimate uses of science is actually pretty simple, and has been established by several centuries of political theory and practice: it is the democratically constituted political community, acting chiefly through their elected representatives that is sovereign in these matters and has the authority to control the pace and scope of technological development (Fukuyama 2002, 186).