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 May 2021
Bas Kolen in Sciencemag over test events
Field experiments are being held in the Netherlands to see whether concerts and other events can be held safely in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
29 April 2021
Promovendus Julia Burggraaf on the cover of Safety
Employee behavior plays an important role in the occurrence and prevention of incidents. In this study, the impact of incidental learning on human behavior is examined.
12 March 2021
New Mooc on ethical dilemmas professional engineering
A new free online course on ethical dilemmas in professional engineering is launched on 16 March. TPM researcher Pieter Vermaas explains how engineers worldwide can deal with ethical dilemmas. These can include conflicts of interests, bribery, whistle-blowing and inadequate information about potential negative effects of products and technologies.