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

18 September 2018

H2020 grant to develop a performance tool for RRI self-assessment

TPM researcher Emad Yaghmaei, as part of an EU consortium, managed to obtain 3 million euro Horizon2020 funding for a project proposal called SUPER_MoRRI. Public bodies, research institutes and ever more companies feel the need for better societal integration of research and innovation. But in practice it is often difficult how to measure to what extent policies and processes are socially responsible and which actions can be taken to improve Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). In the newly granted H2020 project, TPM will develop a new set of indicators for RRI monitoring to help overcome this threshold.

18 September 2018

Aimee van Wynsberghe op NOS.nl over Seksrobots

Ze heeft lang bruin haar, is 1 meter 63 en ze is er helemaal voor jou alleen. Robin, de vermoedelijk eerste Nederlands sprekende seksrobot. De poppen zijn er al van verschillend postuur. Er zijn ook poppen die Van der Voort niet verkoopt, zoals kindsekspoppen. De vraag is of dit soort poppen en robots ongewenst gedrag zoals seks met kinderen ontmoedigen, of juist normaliseren en de drempel verlagen om het 'in het echt' te doen. Om daarachter te komen is wetenschappelijk onderzoek nodig. En dat is in dit soort gevallen vaak ingewikkeld, legt Aimee van Wynsberghe uit. Ze is universitair docent aan de TU Delft en president van de Responsible Robotics Foundation (RFF). Afgelopen jaren heeft ze zich verdiept in ethische vraagstukken rond seksrobots.

19 July 2018

Genserik Reniers in de Volkskrant over veiligheid bij chemiebedrijven

De provincie Noord-Holland gaat per 1 september overtredingen van chemiebedrijven openbaar maken. Dit gebeurt nu alleen nog in de provincie Zuid-Holland.

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