Ethics & Technology 2.0: Responsible Innovation and Design for Values

Ethics and Technology 2.0: Responsible Innovation and Design for Values

The ethics of technology has evolved from criticizing technologies for their undesirable social effects after the fact towards an approach that aims at addressing relevant moral issues already pro-actively during the research and design phase of new technologies. 

Responsible Innovation and Design for Values are two recent approaches that fit this general development. After a brief introduction about responsible innovation, I will explain the main ideas behind the Design for Values approach that aims at integrating values of moral importance from the start in the design of new technologies. I will explain how this approach might help to translate general moral values into design requirements for new technologies and how it might help to deal with conflicting values. I will touch on several examples and illustrations during the talk.

Ibo van de Poel is Anthoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in Ethics and Technology at the Technical University Delft, The Netherlands. His research focuses on value change, ethics of disruptive technologies, ethics of technological risks, design for values, responsible innovation, and moral responsibility. He has currently an ERC Advanced grant on Design for changing values: a theory of value change in sociotechnical systems.

 Responsible Innovation and Design for Values on 25 August at 4PM.