Differential technological development is a strategy proposed by transhumanist philosopher Nick Bostrom in which societies would seek to influence the sequence in which emerging technologies developed. On this approach, societies would strive to retard the development of harmful technologies and their applications, while accelerating the development of beneficial technologies, especially those that offer protection against the harmful ones.[1]

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  1. Bostrom, Nick (2002). "Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios". Retrieved on 2006-02-21.