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.
06 January 2021
Universiteit van NL lecture Filippo Santoni de Sio: How to keep robots under control?
In a new series of English lectures of the Universiteit van Nederland (University of the Netherlands), Filippo Santoni de Sio talks about the delicate balance between the 'robot dream' and the 'robot doom'. In his lecture 'How can we keep robots under control?' he explains that you should include human values in the design of a robot from the start of the designing process. Only then can you speak of 'meaningful human control'.
06 January 2021
Otto Kroesen in Foodlog Ifama about entrepreneurial tribes and achieving food sovereignty in Africa
Dr. Otto Kroesen introduces and explains the concept of tribal entrepreneurship. Surprisingly the interview also addresses tribalisation as a way out of the identity crises of people in modern Western societies. In Kroesen's opinion, the tribe could bring back the lost sense of 'we'.
16 December 2020
Sabine Roeser new department chair of VTI
As of January 1, Sabine Roeser will succeed Ibo van de Poel as department chair of VTI. Sabine Roeser is professor of ethics and has worked at TPM since 2001. She has been Section Leader of the Ethics/Philosophy of Technology section since March 2015.