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

12 March 2018

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: Statement European Expert Group Released

The statement of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) calls for a wide-ranging process of public deliberation and lays out a set of fundamental ethical principles to pave the way. It also forms the cornerstone of the guidelines on AI ethics to be developed in collaboration with the future AI Alliance.

27 February 2018

How to move up the academic ladder at universities of technology?

Recent research into career prospects at universities of technology shows that heterogeneity through research orientation, gender and mentors influences academic careers differently. “If universities of technology want female academics to pursue a career, they should take care that women can secure tenured positions and full professorships in the same way as their male counterparts. Another recommendation for both male and female academics is to bridge between the quest for fundamental understanding and socio-economic relevance to attain career success”, says Claudia Werker, associate professor at TU Delft, who wrote a paper on this subject.

02 February 2018

Launch new LDE MOOC ‘Risk in Modern Society’

The LDE Centre for Safety and Security has recently started a new MOOC on ‘Risk in Modern Society’. The course has been developed in collaboration with scholars from three universities (Leiden, Delft and Erasmus). Sabine Roeser, Genserik Reniers and Pieter van Gelder of TPM teach in this course. This course will search for answers to questions such as: “what is risk?”, “how do we study and deal with risk?”, “does ‘perceived risk’ correspond to 'real' risk?”, and “how should we deal with societal perceptions of risk, safety and security?