Values, Technology and Innovation
The Department of Values, Technology & Innovation (VTI) focuses on the value dimension of comprehensive engineering, the overarching research theme of the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management. The central research theme of the department is responsible innovation.
The value dimension is important for the further development, social acceptance and moral acceptability of technological innovations. Lack of public support for an innovation often means that it is not introduced into society, even though it might make a positive contribution to society in some way. At other occasions, the innovation is pushed through despite lack of public support, which sometimes means that public concerns are ignored. The responsible innovation approach provides for an alternative paradigm: the choice should not be between foregoing a potentially helpful innovation or pushing it through despite justified concerns. Rather, the responsible innovation approach pays attention to important values, in the design as well as in the implementation of technological innovations, and in the institutions that govern them.
News & in the media
13 August 2019
Aimee van Wynsberghe in Computer weekly about Most influential women in UK tech
In its search for the most influential women in UK technology, each year Computer Weekly asks the tech industry to nominate who it thinks should be considered for the top 50. Robot ethicist Aimee van Wynsberghe of TU Delft is on the longlist for 2019.
12 August 2019
Aimee van Wynsberghe in Holland Herald about Robot ethics
Assistant professor and robot ethicist Aimee van Wynsberghe of TU Delft says we should not worry about robots taking over humanity. But we do need to develop moral codes when it comes to robotics and artificial intelligence.
30 July 2019
Vacancy: Lecturer in Ethics of Technology (2 year teaching position)
The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is looking for a temporary lecturer in Ethics and Technology for a period of 2 years (with a possibility for contract renewal with 1-2 years, depending on the candidate’s performance and developments concerning demand for our courses). This is a fulltime teaching position.