Workshop ‘Corpus Analysis, conceptual change, and socially disruptive technologies’

Date: February 16, 2023
All-day event
Location: TU Delft
Project workshop | Value Change
New technologies like AI (deepfakes, large language models etc.) or bio technologies (e.g., CRISPR) are not only changing our way of life and social practices. They also have the potential of disrupting or even changing our concepts and values. How can we study such conceptual disruptions empirically? Do such disruptions give rise to conceptual change? 
 
This workshop aims to establish a community of philosophers and cognitive scientists who are interested in using corpus linguistics to investigate concept and value change in light of conceptually disruptive technologies. 
 
Questions discussed in the workshop include: 
 
·       How can we study conceptual change empirically?
·       Can we investigate conceptual disruptions via corpus linguistics?
·       What are the limits of corpus analysis?
·       How do conceptual change and value change\moral change relate?
·       How can we study moral change with corpus linguistics?
 
This event is funded by the STEM track of the research consortium Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (www.esdit.nl) and the "Design for Value Change" project.
 
Speakers:
 
·       Mark Alfano (Macquarie) 9:30-10:30 (online)
·       Fritz Günther (Berlin) 11-11:45 (online)
·       Lucien Baumgartner (Zürich) 13-13:45 (in person)
·       Ibo van de Poel (Delft) 14-14:45 (in person)
·       Arianna Betti 15-15:45 (to be confirmed)
 
The workshop will take place on February 16, 2022, TU Delft, The Netherlands. Room TBA
 
There is a limited number of open slots for contributions from empirically working early career researchers and graduate students who engage in corpus studies themselves. 
 
Please submit a 500-word abstract to loehrg@icloud.com.
 
The deadline for submissions is December 31. 
 
 
If you would like to participate online or in person, please send an email to the same address.

Workshop ‘ValueMonitor, a tool for empirical investigations of values and value change in text corpora’

Date: March 10, 2023
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: TU Delft
Project workshop | Value Change

ValueMonitor is an easy-to-use tool for empirical investigations of values and value change in text corpora (e.g., scientific articles, newspaper articles). Investigations performed with ValueMonitor can be used to discover neglected moral issues voiced by societal actors or to map the current state of scientific research on specific values and technologies. Although ValueMonitor relies on text mining, it has been designed in such a way that it does not require any programming skills. Moreover, the tool is applicable to all values and technologies. ValueMonitor is different from most existing empirical methods for research on values, which tend to be more resource-intensive (time, people) and less comprehensive in terms of scope of analysis.

We invite you to a one-day workshop to get familiarized with ValueMonitor. In the first part of the workshop, you will get acquainted with the tool’s workings and get an understanding of the types of questions that can be answered with it. In the second part, you will perform a hands-on guided exercise to discover the tool’s potential for your research.

The workshop is part of the ERC project ‘Design for Changing Values’ funded by the EU. It will take place on March 10th, 2023, from 9.30 to 16.30, in Delft. The number of places for the workshop is limited to ensure that we can help you effectively with the usage of the tool. Registration closes on January 20th and can be done by sending an email to ValueMonitor@valuechange.eu.

Organizers

  • Ibo van de Poel (Professor, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)
  • Tristan de Wildt (Postdoc researcher, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)
  • Freek van der Weij (Researcher, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)

Agenda

TimeActivity
9.30 – 9.45Walk-in + Coffee
9.45 – 10.00Opening + introduction round
10.00 – 10.45Introduction to topic modelling
11.00 - 12.00Possible applications of ValueMonitor
13.00 – 15.30Hands-on exercise ‘empirical investigation of values using ValueMonitor’
16.00-16.30Evaluation and closing remarks

 

Practical information

  • Intended audience: researchers who are interested in ways to enrich their research with new empirical methods for empirically studying values and value change in technology
  • Participation is free of charge (deadline: January 20, 2023).
  • Location: Delft University of Technology (exact room to be announced).
  • For more information on ValueMonitor, please visit www.valuemonitor.eu.
  • For questions, please feel free to contact us at ValueMonitor@valuechange.eu

Second edition of the Changing Values, Changing Technologies conference from 19-21 April 2023 in Delft (Netherlands) as part of fPET 2023 

Start date: April 19, 2023
End date: April 21, 2023
All-day event
Location: TU Delft
Project workshop | Value Change

In October 2020 we organised the first international conference on Changing Values, Changing Technologies. We are happy to announce the second edition, which will be an integral part of the 2023 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology (fPET 2023) and will be held at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands from 19-21 April 2023.

fPET 2023 will bring together engineers and philosophers to address the challenges of engineering in a changing world. We are currently witnessing disruptive changes due to climate change, pandemics and war. Technological developments in, for example, geo-engineering, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and neuro-technology may contribute to such disruptions but also help to better deal with them.

The conference will provide the opportunity to meet like-minded researchers and present and discuss research on the intersection of engineering and philosophy, addressing the theme of technology and engineering in a changing world, broadly understood. You can now submit abstracts and panel proposals.

 

Special track: value change

fPET 2023 will feature a special track on Changing Values, Changing Technologies. This track will introduce a novel perspective on value change. We will discuss the nature of value change and illuminate the implications for the practice of, research on and teaching in engineering. For this track, we are cooperating with the research project Designing for Changing Values, that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 788321. For this track we invite papers that present recent research on the theme of value change and technology. If you want to submit to this special track, you can indicate during submission.

 

Timeline
  • January 15, 2023: Deadline for abstract submission
  • February 15: Decision about acceptance
  • March 15: Confirmation of participation for chosen presenters
  • April 19-21: Conference

 

Location

We are currently planning to have the conference in Delft. If the situation will change due to Corona measures, we will update our plans accordingly. Currently there are no Covid-19 related restrictions for traveling to the Netherlands. The most recent information can be found here: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad

 

Submission detail

Please submit your abstract via the website. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, incl. notes and references.

We particularly welcome submissions addressing new or underexplored topics, the reflective submissions of engineers or other technology practitioners, and submissions of an interdisciplinary nature.

 

Contact

Please direct any queries related to the conference to fpet2023@valuechange.eu.

 

Workshop ‘Machines of Change: Robots, AI and Value Change’

Start date: February 1, 2022
End date: February 3, 2022
Location: Delft, the Netherlands
Artificial Intelligence | Project workshop

The Value Change team is organising an international workshop Machines of Change: Robots, AI and Value Change’. From February 1-3, 2022 scholars from various disciplines will discuss how AI and robots can lead to value change and how we can use these technologies to study value change.

 

Workshop Description

Advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics stand to change many aspects of our lives, including our values. If trends continue as expected, many industries will undergo automation in the near future, calling into question whether we can still value the sense of identity and security our occupations once (ideally) provided us. Likewise, the advent of social robots appears to be shifting the meaning of numerous, long-standing values associated with interpersonal relationships, like care, friendship and privacy. Furthermore, powerful actors’ and institutions’ increasing reliance on AI to make decisions that affect how people live their lives, has given rise to the development of new values such as algorithmic transparency, meaningful human control and explainability.

During the Machines of Change: Robots, AI and Value Change workshop, we will explore how the deployment of Artificial Intelligence and robots leads to value change and how we can study value change, as a phenomenon, via these technologies. The workshop will centre around the following three, major themes:

  1. How do AI and /or robotics contribute to value change?
  2. How can we study value change via AI and / or robotics?
  3. How should AI and / or robotics deal with value change?

Confirmed Speakers

  • Arianna Betti (Professor (Chair) of Philosophy of Language, the University of Amsterdam)
  • John Danaher (Author ofAutomation and Utopiaand Senior Lecturer of Law, Galway University)
  • Bertram F. Malle (Professor, the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University)

Organizers

  • Ibo van de Poel (Professor, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)
  • Olya Kudina (Assistant Professor, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology at Delft University of Technology)
  • Steffen Steinert (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)
  • Tom Coggins (PhD Candidate, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology)

Contact

For inquiries about the workshop, please contact the organiser Tom Coggins at t.n.coggins@tudelft.nl

 

Conference ‘Changing Values, Changing Technologies’

Start date: October 12, 2021
End date: October 13, 2021
Location: Delft, the Netherlands
Project workshop

Conference Description

The aim of the conference is to present and discuss research on the interrelations of values and technology. Specifically, we aim to explore how novel technological developments lead to changes in moral values and, conversely, how changing moral values affect the developments of new technologies.

Themes

 

We envision the following more specific themes for the conference:

1. (Historical) case studies of value change and technology
2. The interrelation between value change and technological change
3. Value change, technical progress and moral progress
4. Origins of value change: individual and collective
5. Implications of value change for value sensitive design
6. Methods for studying and anticipating value change

Keynote Speakers

  

Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech)
Webb Keane (University of Michigan)
Tsjalling Swierstra (Maastricht University)

Call for abstracts and Practical details

We invite abstracts (max 500 words) for research presentations. Presentations will be held in parallel sessions. A limited number of travel bursaries will be made available to eligible participants who will present a paper at the conference.

This is the first major conference of the research programme Design for Changing Values, funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

We are currently planning to have the conference in Delft. If the situation will change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will update our plans accordingly.

Note that the conference will be held in conjunction with the bi-annual conference of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, which will take place on 14-15 October in the Netherlands. Participants travelling from abroad may take this opportunity to participate in both conferences.

Timeline

  • May 15 2021: Deadline for abstract submission
  • May 31: Decision about acceptance
  • June 7: Confirmation of participation for chosen presenters
  • October 12 & 13: Conference

Submission details

Please submit your abstract via this link. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, incl. notes and references.

Please direct any queries related to this call to Michael Klenk at m.b.o.t.klenk@tudelft.nl.

We particularly welcome submissions addressing new or underexplored topics, submissions from a variety of philosophical traditions, and submissions of an interdisciplinary nature. We especially encourage submissions from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Organizers

Ibo van de Poel, Anna Melnyk, Steffen Steinert, and Michael Klenk (Delft University of Technology)