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.
12 oktober 2021
Behnam Taebi op de BNR nieuwsradio over climate engineering
Klimaatverandering is het grootste probleem van onze tijd. Is sleutelen aan het klimaat een oplossing? Behnam Taebi in gesprek over de gevolgen van climate engineering, de ethische overwegingen en de mogelijkheden van verschillende technieken.
06 oktober 2021
Virtual Symposium on Process Safety and Asset Integrity Management in the Digital Age
The digitalization of the chemical process industry leads to not only vast work automation with less human engagement but also massive data and data-driven techniques. New risks and challenges need to be addressed when adopting digital solutions.
30 september 2021
Stefan Buijsman in Filosofie Magazine over verantwoord omgaan met AI
Kunstmatige intelligentie is overal en kan dingen die het menselijke brein niet kan. Wat zeggen de nieuwste zelflerende technieken over ons eigen denken? Stefan Buijsman vertelt erover in het eerste deel van een serie over AI.
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?