The Department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) studies sociotechnical systems from a values perspective. It focuses on the overarching research themes of design for values, management of responsible innovation and responsible risk management, bringing together expertise from the fields of economics, safety science and philosophy.
Lack of public support for an innovation often means that it is not implemented, even though it has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. At other occasions, the innovation is pushed through despite lack of public support, which sometimes means that public concerns have been ignored. But the choice should not be between pushing through an innovation despite justified concerns or foregoing its potential benefits.
Fortunately, the responsible innovation approach provides for an alternative paradigm. It pays attention to important values during both the design and implementation phase, and to the institutions that embed and govern innovation. In our view, the value dimension and system perspective are both essential for the further development, social acceptance and moral acceptability of new technologies.
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24 januari 2023
Pieter Vermaas op theiet.org over globally responsible engineers
Engineers have, arguably, shaped the modern world more than any other profession. From railways to aircraft, computer chips to telecoms networks, batteries to new materials, their creations have dramatically improved our collective quality of life. But, by the same token, they also bear a great deal of responsibility for the world’s biggest problems. Pieter Vermaas: 'Traditionally, ethical questions have taken more of a backseat in engineering, with ‘values’ seen more or less as “subjective opinion”.
09 januari 2023
TBM studenten winnen in vervolg Business Strategy Game
De TBM studenten Quinten Voncken, Sergey Datskiv, en Kiril Vasilev die in oktober 2022 tijdens de Business Strategy Game een zeer hoge score behaalden, kwamen als groepswinnaar uit de bus in de vervolg competitie.
21 december 2022
Aad Correljé bij BNR over explosie belangrijkste gasleiding naar Europa
Volgens Russische media is er een explosie waargenomen bij een Russische gasleiding die gas via Oekraïne naar Europa leidt. 'Het was één van de belangrijkste verbindingen voor de gasvoorzieningen tussen Rusland en Europa. Het voorzag belangrijke delen van gas. De afgelopen maanden was de aanvoer via deze pijp was weliswaar een stuk minder, maar is nog steeds een leiding van belang.' zegt Aad Correljé bij BNR.
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2023 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (fPET2023)
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.
Zondebokcultuur staat veiligheid chemiesector in de weg
Genserik Reniers, TU Delft hoogleraar op het gebied van veiligheid en gevaarlijke stoffen, wil veiligheid op de kaart zetten zodat menselijk leed, maar ook economische verliezen, zoveel mogelijk worden geminimaliseerd: ‘Er valt relatief gemakkelijk veel winst te behalen’.
This is how digital voice assistants influence your life
Voice assistants, like Alexa or Google Home are taking over households, in the USA anyway, where one in four households owns at least one device. These assistants that promise to make your life so much easier seem harmless, but are they really? TU Delft researcher Olya Kudina is not so sure: ‘They do impact our lives and not only in a good way.’
How do you ensure that changing norms and values are embedded in technical developments?
Over time, norms and values change. When the internet was first developed, the idea was that all the information that was posted should be kept so that nothing would be lost. At the time, that was an important value. Nowadays, though, we want to give internet users the right to be forgotten, but the system is not geared up to doing this. How do you deal with this discrepancy? These kind of questions are tackled by Ibo van de Poel in his ERC project, in which he and his team are working on a philosophical theory on value change. Ibo van de Poel:
Working proactively for safe gas networks in the Netherlands
Dutch gas network operators increasingly face factors that affect the safety of the gas network, such as different qualities of gas that cannot simply be mixed, pipes that have to be replaced, new technologies and changes in the tasks and responsibilities of partners in the chain. Netbeheer Nederland, the sector organisation for all electricity and gas distribution network operators, wants to be able to respond proactively to these challenges.
Bridging the gap between new technology and safety & responsibility of self-driving cars
Is cyber-insurance the answer in fighting cyber-attacks?