The research team of “Design for changing values” is organizing a track on value change and technology at the 2019 SPT conference. This special track will be chaired by Prof. dr. Ibo van de Poel and Dr. Steffen Steinert. The conference will take place on May 20-22 at Texas A&M University.
Special track info
It is a widely accepted idea in philosophy of technology that technology is value-laden. Artifacts and socio-technical systems are not value-neutral but support or inhibit social and moral values (e.g., safety, privacy, justice). Further, there are approaches that aim to actively integrate values into technical design, for example Value Sensitive Design, Design for Values and Responsible Research and Innovation. Nevertheless, there is an important blind spot in current theories and approaches: they assume that values are static whereas in reality values change after a technology has been introduced. To complicate matters further, technology may even trigger or contribute to value change.
More information about this special track can be found here.
The Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT) is an independent international organization founded in 1976. Its purpose is to encourage, support and facilitate philosophically significant considerations about existing, new and emerging technologies. Biannually SPT organizes its own international conference and publishes a tri-annual scientific journal.