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
12 juli 2019
Van Hasselt lecture 2019
The theme of the yearly Van Hasselt lecture will relate to Ethics, Technology, Peace and Justice. The lecture is named after the Delft student Frans van Hasselt, who held a lecture on 23rd November 1940 denouncing the firing of Jewish professors at the university. Frans van Hasselt was arrested by the German occupying forces and died in 1942 at the Buchenwald concentration camp.
10 juli 2019
Essay Prize for Michael Klenk and Martin Sand
Michael Klenk and Martin Sand recently received an Essay Prize for their research on responsibility and technology.
27 juni 2019
Jeroen van den Hoven in de Volkskrant over digitalisering
De storing bij telecomprovider KPN, met daardoor onbereikbare noodnummers, heeft Nederland opgeschrikt. De afhankelijkheid van communicatienetwerken werd pijnlijk zichtbaar: vertrouwen we niet te veel op de digitalisering en, in het bijzonder, op de overheid? Jeroen van den Hoven, hoogleraar ethiek en technologie aan de TU Delft, vindt dat de verregaande digitalisering om ‘een nieuwe manier van kijken’ vraagt.