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.
12 July 2021
Center for Safety in Healthcare is the co-winner of the AI lab competition
The TPM AI-Lab post-doc competition was won by Saba-Hinrichs, Peter Roelofsma and Aaron Ding. Their submission aimed to create a Safe coach that will contribute to a good safety culture in hospitals.
29 June 2021
New open access book on shaping an inclusive energy transition
A new open access book has been launched that makes a case for a socially inclusive energy transition. It illustrates how engineering and public policy professionals can contribute to shaping an inclusive energy transition, building on a socio-technical systems engineering approach. The book has been written by TPM researchers: Margot Weijnen, Zofia Lukszo and Samira Farahani. Aad Correljé, Ad van Wijk and researchers from other universities and institutes also contributed to the book.
29 June 2021
WHO issues first global report on Artificial Intelligence in health
AI holds great promise for improving the delivery of healthcare and medicine worldwide, but only if ethics and human rights are put at the heart of its design, deployment, and use, according to new WHO guidance published today. It is WHO’s first global report on AI in health and presents six principles to ensure AI works for the public interest in all countries.
Zondebokcultuur staat veiligheid chemiesector in de weg
Genserik Reniers, TU Delft hoogleraar op het gebied van veiligheid en gevaarlijke stoffen, wil veiligheid op de kaart zetten zodat menselijk leed, maar ook economische verliezen, zoveel mogelijk worden geminimaliseerd: ‘Er valt relatief gemakkelijk veel winst te behalen’.
This is how digital voice assistants influence your life
Voice assistants, like Alexa or Google Home are taking over households, in the USA anyway, where one in four households owns at least one device. These assistants that promise to make your life so much easier seem harmless, but are they really? TU Delft researcher Olya Kudina is not so sure: ‘They do impact our lives and not only in a good way.’
How do you ensure that changing norms and values are embedded in technical developments?
Over time, norms and values change. When the internet was first developed, the idea was that all the information that was posted should be kept so that nothing would be lost. At the time, that was an important value. Nowadays, though, we want to give internet users the right to be forgotten, but the system is not geared up to doing this. How do you deal with this discrepancy? These kind of questions are tackled by Ibo van de Poel in his ERC project, in which he and his team are working on a philosophical theory on value change. Ibo van de Poel:
Working proactively for safe gas networks in the Netherlands
Dutch gas network operators increasingly face factors that affect the safety of the gas network, such as different qualities of gas that cannot simply be mixed, pipes that have to be replaced, new technologies and changes in the tasks and responsibilities of partners in the chain. Netbeheer Nederland, the sector organisation for all electricity and gas distribution network operators, wants to be able to respond proactively to these challenges.
Bridging the gap between new technology and safety & responsibility of self-driving cars
Is cyber-insurance the answer in fighting cyber-attacks?