‘The Ethics of Disruptive Technologies’ – Conference organized by 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology

Several members of the “Design for changing values” research team will present their work at the ‘Ethics of Disruptive Technologies’ Conference, organized by 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology on November 7-8 at Eindhoven University of Technology.

 

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4TU Center for Ethics and Technology is organizing a bi-annual conference ‘Ethics of Disruptive Technologies’ on November 7-8 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Five members of the “Design for changing values” project will be presenting their research at the conference. Prof.ir. Ibo van de Poel together with dr. Olya Kudina will present their joint paper on pragmatist account of value change. Joost Alleblas is going to present a historical account of radical value change focusing on the case of early electrification in Europe (Paris and Berlin). Tom Coggins will be presenting his analysis of Roomba-900 (robot vacuum cleaner) in the light of users’ perception of technologies which may cause a reassessment of their understanding of informational privacy. Anna Melnyk is going to present a critical reflection on the static account of value that is underlying Value Sensitive Design scholarship in the context of the energy transition.

 

4TU Center for Ethics and Technology

 

4TU Center for Ethics and Technology is a community of researchers that conduct their studies in the field of ethics and philosophy of technology. By combining theoretical and empirical aproaches, the aim of 4TU.Ethics is to address societal challenges in the context of rapid technological advancement.

 

The “Design for changing values” team together with TU Delft colleagues are organizing a panel at the OZSW Conference

The “Design for changing values” team, together with TU Delft colleagues, are organizing the panel ‘Values and technology: A reciprocal relationship’ at the annual OZSW conference that will take place on November 16 at University of Amsterdam.

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Prof.ir. Ibo van de Poel, Olya Kudina, Tom Coggins and Anna Melnyk, together with TU Delft colleagues Martin Sand and Matthew Dennis, are organizing the panel ‘Values and technology: A reciprocal relationship’ at the annual OZSW conference.

Panel Description

Some philosophers of technology have proposed embedding values in the design of emerging technologies. Such a drive for value sensitive design is due to the recognition that there is a correlation between the designs of our technological infrastructures and their effects on human convictions and behaviour. Without accepting a straightforward technological determinism, proponents of value sensitive design are motivated by the idea that technological systems provide digital and analogue infrastructures that vastly impact on how people conduct themselves and what they believe. Nevertheless, research on digital online technologies shows that designers could do more to incorporate pro-social values in their products. The contributors of this panel share the belief that these challenges can be tackled by applying value sensitive design to emerging technology in the online space, while proposing different ways this idea can be best applied.

Information about the OZSW

OZSW (Onderzoekschool Wijsbegeerte) is the Dutch Research School of Philosophy that facilitates national and international cooperation of researchers within academic philosophy.