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 2020
Filippo Santoni de Sio on Vox.com about social robots
When are robots good for us? And how can they be bad for us? 'When people have the ability to choose freely, and choose to spend time with robots instead of people, that’s a legitimate choice. But the choice has to be authentically free — not just the result of market forces (like tech companies pushing us to adopt addictively entertaining robots) or other economic and social pressures', says Filippo Santoni de Sio, a tech ethics professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
07 July 2020
TPM AI-Lab website is live
Last week the TPM AI-Lab went live. Aimee van Wynsberghe, director of the TPM AI-Lab: ‘ I am extremely proud of the team at TPM to create an AI lab. We hope to enhance AI research across our Faculty and to showcase the fantastic multidisciplinary approach found at TPM’.
22 June 2020
Two TPM research projects earmarked as best practices in OECD report
Last week an OECD report came out on transdisciplinary research, which combines knowledge from different scientific disciplines with that of public and private sector stakeholders and citizens to address complex societal challenges. Key obstacles to effectively implement transdisciplinary research and examples to better accommodate the requirements of this kind of research are identified in 28 case studies. Two of the case studies involve TPM research projects.