The Department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) studies sociotechnical systems from a values perspective. It focuses on the overarching research theme of responsible innovation, bringing together expertise from economics, safety science and philosophy.
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 November 2022
TBM-student team strong in management game
At the end of October 2022, a group of TPM students achieved a very high score in the Business Strategy Game. This management game simulates leadership and management of a company with international operations. The management game is one of the activities of the Strategic Management course within the minor Companies and Innovation, and is facilitated by Vladimir Sobota.
18 November 2022
Udo Pesch op Delta.nl over klimaatrechtvaardigheid
Klimaatrechtvaardigheid is één van de thema’s van de klimaattop in Egypte. Delta sprak met TU-ethicus Udo Pesch over de vraag: gaat er compensatie voor klimaatschade komen?
03 November 2022
Aad Correljé bij BNR over cv ketels op waterstof
Netwerkbeheerder Liander start een proefproject met cv-ketels die draaien op waterstof, omdat waterstof in de toekomst wel eens een belangrijke rol in de energie voorziening kan spelen. Aad Correljé vraagt zich af of het in de huiselijke sfeer echt gaat helpen. 'Technische aspecten zoals vlamsnelheid kan je testen in laboratoria, maar of het echt werkt in de huiselijke omgeving komt alleen naar voren in dit soort pilot projecten.'
08 December 2022 15:00 till 16:30
Intersectional Feminist Philosophy of Technology Series: Abeba Birhane on relational and decolonial ethics for AI
As an extension of TPM’s Intersectional Feminist Philosophy of Technology (IFPT) reading group, we will host a 3-part speaking series to bring the language, concepts and methods of intersectional studies of technology to TPM’s AI research. We adopt the definition of “intersectional feminism” described by Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein in Data Feminism: “[…] a feminism that is intersectional, meaning it looks at issues of social power related not just to gender, but also to race, class, ability, sexuality, immigrant status, and more. It does so, moreover, by looking to collectives as well as individuals, to structural issues as well as specific instances of injustice.”
19 April 2023 09:00 till 21 April 2023 18:00
2023 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology (fPET 2023)
The fPET2023 conference at Delft University of Technology will bring together engineers and philosophers to address the challenges of engineering in a changing world. fPET 2023 will provide the opportunity to meet like-minded researchers and present and discuss research on the intersection of engineering and philosophy, addressing the broad theme of technology and engineering in a changing world.
The VTI department and its three sections regularly organize research and teaching seminars for department members. Check the calendar for upcoming events.