Saskia Nagel on how our minds blend with technology (Aeon)

Dr. Saskia Nagel, assistant professor in philosophy and ethics of technology at the University of Twente and 4TU researcher, has written a co-ed piece together with Peter Reiner (professor at the University of British Columbia) on embedded beings.

Read: “Embedded beings: how we blended our minds with our devices”

“We are now technologically embedded beings, surrounded and influenced by the tools of modernity, seemingly without pause.

In 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone with the catchphrase ‘this changes everything’. What we didn’t know was that the everything was us.”

 

5th 8TU-4TU International Conference: Dutch and Chinese Approaches in the Ethics of Technology

From the 3th till the 5th of July, the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology will host a delegation of Chinese partners at the University of Twente. The collaboration between the Dutch and Chinese centres for Ethics and Technology has started in 2010. Since, 4 conferences have taken place in which the two parties discuss future collaborations, projects, and exchanges. The 4TU Ethics Centre is very enthusiastic to be collaborating with ethicists of technology from the eight Chinese Universities united under the 8TU.Ethics flag.

The event is closed for the public. However, we invite those interested to join us for four talks on Monday afternoon.

15:00-15:40 Sabine ROESER: Moral emotions and technological risk

15:40-16:20 WANG Qian, YAN Ping: Research on the Development of Engineering Ethics in Historical, Comparative Perspectives

16:20-17:00 Anthonie MEIJERS: Zooming Out: Teaching Ethics to Engineers

17:00-17:40 FAN Chunping: Ecological Correctness: The Primary Criterion in Ethics of Science, Technology and Engineering

These lectures will take place in the DesignLab (Room: Inform). You are free to join. However, since seats are limited we kindly ask you to register by sending an email to our managing director Michael Nagenborg (m.h.nagenborg@utwente.nl).

Vacancy: Short-term Postdoc appointments (2 months full-time) in Ethics at the University of Twente

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is hereby soliciting applications for short-term postdoc appointments (2 months, full-time) in ethics, with a focus on technology. From July 15th or August 1st, 2016 to September 15th or October 1st, 2016.

We are offering two competitive appointments at our department to do research in ethics of technology and prepare and submit a MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE individual fellowship proposal which, if successful, can be carried out at our department.

About the department

The department of philosophy (https://www.utwente.nl/bms/wijsb/) is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. At a recent research evaluation of philosophy programs in the Netherlands, it ranked highest in the area of ethics and practical philosophy.  The department currently includes eight tenured/tenure-track staff members, three postdocs, ten PhD students, and several part-time faculty. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department’s research has a strong focus on ethics of emerging technologies (including ICT and robotics, biomedical and neurotechnologies and environmental technologies), and the philosophy and ethics of human-technology relations, amongst other topics.

The Challenge

You spend two months with us to get acquainted with the department and engage in research, culminating in a proposal for a two-year MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE fellowship with a focus on ethics and technology (deadline: September 14th, 2016;

website:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/2226-msca-if-2016.html

and

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2016_2017/main/h2020-wp1617-msca_en.pdf ).

Please take into account that part of your appointment period will be during the summer, when it is quiet at the department.  However, there will be senior people around to help you with the proposal.

Offer

You are appointed as a postdoc (full-time) for a two-month period, starting date: July 15th or August 1st, ending date: September 15th or October 1st.

The salary amounts to € 3044,- gross monthly with a maximum to € 4654,- depending on experience. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8%) and an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8.3%), and a number of additional benefits.

Your profile

You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or social / political philosophy.  You have either had a focus on technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on technology for your future research. You already have a strong list of publications in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience. You have a strong command of the English language. You are not a resident of the Netherlands. You have basic familiarity with the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE individual grant scheme and are willing and able to carry out the grant at the University of Twente, if successful in your application.

Information and application

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey, full professor in philosophy of technology (e-mail: p.a.e.brey@utwente.nl; phone:+31-53-4894426).

Your application should reach us by June 16th, and should include a CV, a letter of application, a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or your full dissertation), a relevant scientific publication, and a one-page statement of the kind of research you would like to pursue and proposal you would want to write during the appointment. Interviews will be held one June 22th or 23rd. Skype interviews are a possibility. Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en. Please note that this site can only handle three files, so combine application materials into three files.

About the university and region

The University of Twente (UT) is a research university with a strong international orientation and a focus on science & engineering and social and behavioral sciences.  It includes more than 3,300 faculty and staff and 9,000 students. The UT is a campus university, located in the city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands. Enschede is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and also close to London, Paris and Berlin.

Peter-Paul Verbeek interviewed by De Correspondent

As result from a collaboration between the 3TU.Ethics Centre and De Correspondent, Peter-Paul Verbeek was interviewed by Lynn Berger on “the end of humanity as a measure of things”.

Tijd om dingen serieus te nemen – Lynn Berger

De Correspondent is a predominantly Dutch journalistic medium “focussed on background, analysis, investigative reporting, and the kinds of stories that tend to escape the radar of the mainstream media because they do not conform to what is normally understood to be news.”

Vacancy: two assistant professor positions at the University of Twente

The Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for two assistant professors:

 

Assistant Professor in Philosophy (2 years, full-time)

 

Assistant Professor in Philosophy (1 year, full-time)

 

The department of philosophy is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology, and in philosophy of science in practice. It currently includes seven tenured staff members, three tenure trackers, two postdocs, fourteen PhD students, and several temporary faculty members. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (ww.ethicsandtechnology.eu). Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities. The department is currently in need of two temporary faculty members, one for two years and one for one year, to support its teaching activities and to strengthen its research program.

 

The Challenge

 

You teach (80%) philosophy for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science. You may also teach philosophy courses in the master program Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (https://www.utwente.nl/psts/). Courses may include a selection of the following, depending on your strengths and preferences, and on what is vacant: philosophy of communication, business ethics, computer ethics, philosophy of psychology, academic/research skills and methods, philosophy of (value sensitive) design, human-technology relations for engineers, philosophy of science for students in engineering and social sciences, argumentation theory and logic, professional ethics for engineers, and others. Some courses will be co-taught with other teachers. You perform research (20%) in the area of philosophy, with a focus on the role of science and technology in society. Your research will focus on philosophical issues in relation to science and/or technology, in particular on ethics of technology, human-technology relations, and/or philosophy of science in practice.  Itwill be embedded in the department’s research program and in either CTIT (the Centre for Informatics and Information Technology) or MIRA (Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine). It may also be embedded in the 3TU.Center for Ethics and Technology.

 

Offer

 

For both vacancies:  You are appointed as an Assistant Professor (full-time). The starting date is March 1, 2016 (negotiable). The gross monthly salary ranges from € 3.400,- up to € 4.654,- gross per month (based on experience) in accordance with the job profile for a “Universitair Docent-2”, under the University System for Job Classification (UJC). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions (for example, 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus on top of to the annual salary) and excellent facilities for professional and personal development.

 

Your profile

 

You hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in philosophical anthropology, (applied) ethics, political philosophy or philosophy of science (in case of the latter, preferably with specialization in social sciences), and an interest in technology and technological developments and/or in epistemological issues of the engineering and social sciences.

You have broad experience in teaching at a university level, preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other non-philosophical fields. You have demonstrable didactic skills in teaching, good teaching evaluations, and a passion for teaching. You are able and willing to teach in areas of philosophy outside your philosophical specialization, both in philosophy at large and in the philosophy/ethics of science and technology.

You have either had a focus on technology in your past research or you have a demonstrable interest in focusing on technology for your future research. You have published in peer-refereed journals, and have relevant international experience.

You have a strong command of the English language. All master programs at the University of Twente are taught in English, and English is the official language at departmental meetings. Bachelor teaching is often in Dutch, but in almost all cases teaching in English is allowed.

We want to stress that candidates with an all-round, broad experience in teaching (diverse courses) take precedence, since the main part of the position consists of teaching.

 

Information and application

 

For more information, please contact prof.dr. C. Aydin (Chair Department; o.aydin@utwente.nl; phone +31-53-4893391) or prof.dr. Philip Brey (full professor and member of Daily Board; P.A.E.Brey@utwente.nl; phone: +31-53-4894426). Your application should reach us by January 17 2016, and should include a CV, a letter of application (including teaching evaluations), a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or your full dissertation), a relevant research publication, and contact information for 2 or more references. Interviews will ideally be held between January 19 and January 29 depending on availability of selected candidates. Skype interviews are a possibility. Applications should be uploaded via www.utwente.nl/vacatures/en.

 

Please indicate if you want to be considered for the ‘one year position’ or the ‘two-year position’.  Depending on the financial situation of the department, there is perspective on extending the ‘one year position’ with an additional year.

 

About the university and region

 

The University of Twente. We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides bachelor, master and professional development programs.

 

The city of Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands, is a lively city of 150,000, located in beautiful countryside and near spectacular nature areas. It is only two hours away from major European cities like Amsterdam, Cologne and Düsseldorf, three hours from Brussels and also close to London, Paris and Berlin.

Nolen Gertz in the Washington Post

Don’t forget: Bombing the Islamic State will kill innocent people, too.

On Wednesday December 2nd, British lawmakers voted to authorize military airstrikes in Syria. Nolen Gertz, Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente, responded to this news in an article for the Washington Post. The article about Nolen’s theory of war can be found here.

Interview with Aimee van Wynsberghe on Mashable

Human innovation in A.I Ethics

 

“I see my role not as to say, no you can’t do this, but to ask what are the goals the engineer and designer has. How can we attain these goals without infringing on the cultural values we hold dear?”

 

Aimee van Wynsberghe did an interview with Mashable about the importance of human innovation in A.I ethics. You can find a link to the article here.

 

Workshop Human-Technology Relations in Ethics, Design and Science

​3-Day Workshop Human-Technology Relations in
Ethics, Design and Science:
Mediation theory and Philosophy of Technology

14-15-16th December 2015
DesignLab – Ideation Space, Building the Gallery

 

The philosophy department of the University of Twente invites PhD students and ambitious master-students to join a 3-day winter school in philosophy of technology, focusing on the technological mediation of morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. The event will take place in the DesignLab (Twente University) on 14-15-16th December 2015 and is hosted by Prof Peter-Paul Verbeek. We are happy to announce Robert Rosenberger (Georgia Institute of Technology) as our keynote speaker.

The purpose of the workshop is to get PhD students and ambitious master-students acquainted with the philosophy of human-technology relations. We will especially focus on the ethical, epistemological and metaphysical issues related to the emergence and design of new technologies. Philosophers with interest in the impact of technology on their field of study as well as scientists/engineers who want to know more about the philosophical consequences of the technologies they develop are invited to join.

We will focus on the concept of mediation, thereby addressing how technology mediates our notions of morality, knowledge and transcendence. Examples of specific questions that will be reflected upon are: How do new technologies such as Google Glass mediate our notion of privacy? (Morality) How do imaging technologies mediate our knowledge of the brain? (Epistemology) How do medical technologies mediate the existential relation we have with our body? (Metaphysics)

Admission Documents

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A short statement that relates your own work to technological mediation

Number of ECTS credits

A TGS Certificate (2 EC) will be handed over to those who attended 3 days.

Course Fee

This workshop is free of charge for TGS and 3TU PhD’s (including lunch and dinner). For other students the costs will be 75 €.

Accommodation:

Please arrange it yourself. You can contact the Conference Hotel The Drienerburght that is situated on the campus (www.drienerburght.nl/). It is 70 € for a night including breakfast. Please mention TGS as contact.

Registration:            

Please register before November 30, 2015 at:

https://www.utwente.nl/en/education/post-graduate/tgs/courses-and workshops/philosophy-of-science-workshop/

The number of seats is limited, so first come first served!

What’s next in socio-technical intervention approaches? – Workshop at the University of Twente

What’s next in socio-technical intervention approaches?

Date: June 22-23, 2015
Venue: University of Twente

Background and aim
Collaborative approaches to socio-technical intervention have begun to proliferate in Europe, North America, and beyond. By engaging with innovation actors, both social scientists and humanities scholars aim to integrate societal and/or ethical considerations in R&D processes. Policy initiatives such as Responsible (Research and) Innovation highlight the timeliness of such approaches; associations such as the Communities of Integration Network point to their scholarly base; while recent attempts to classify, compare and frame them attest to their diversity and multiplicity in terms of activities performed (Boenink, 2013), modes of engaging technical expertise (Fisher et al., 2015), or levels addressed, such as research project, technology field or research programme.
This workshop brings together scholars practicing socio-technical and ethical integration and inter-vention approaches in order to facilitate an in-depth exchange and reflection on the specific merits and challenges of different approaches and, what is more, to jointly develop an understanding and agenda of what are promising scholarly and practical directions to moving the field of socio-technical intervention forward.

Workshop format
The workshop is organized in a way that it covers a broad range of approaches, e.g. from typically lab-level and research-project focused socio-technical integration research (like STIR), via field-level oriented approaches, like forms of constructive technology assessment, to considerations on how these and other approaches for contextualizing and intervening in research, development and innovation can be ‘mainstreamed’ in research programs. We explicitly chose for a workshop format of limited size to allow for ample discussion, and we secured space in the program to jointly and in groups have dedicated discussions across approaches. We furthermore would like to invite the presenters to openly report on their experiences with particular approaches, to share their ideas about ‘construction sites’ and promising avenues, by considering the following guiding questions:

• Differentiation: How would you position the specific approach you have been working on in the field of socio-technical interventions as a whole?
• Diagnosis: For which problems, situations, conditions is it most suited and which less?
• Characteristics and impacts: What are its characteristics and strengths, especially including its outcomes, but also its limitations and weaknesses?
• Prospects: What are the challenges and promising avenues for the future, both for this approach and more generally?

Of course, also those who do not present are welcome to reflect on these questions and bring their ideas on what is next in socio-technical intervention approaches.

Program – Day 1: Monday 22 June

11.00 Opening session: introduction to the theme

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Session 1: site level activities
Chair: Marianne Boenink
Paul Ellwood
Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR)
Andrew Chilvers
Taking STIR out of the lab: potential for capacity building across different modes of engineering consultancy practice
Simone van de Burg
Moral deliberation in biomedical research with democs
14.30 Break

14.45 Session 2: program level activities
Chair: Kornelia Konrad
Bart Walhout
Integrating Risk Analysis & Technology Assessment (RATA) in NanoNextNL
Erik Fisher
The Center for Nanotechnology and Society (CNS) at Arizona State University (ASU)
Harro van Lente
The Societal Incubator
16.15 Break

16.30 Group discussions
Selected themes

19.00 Dinner

Charting the Next Steps for Robot Ethics – University of Twente, May 7

International workshop: Charting the Next Steps for Robot Ethics is being held at the University of Twente on the 7th of May 2015.

Workshop date and time: 7 May 2015, 9:30-15:30
Location: University of Twente, DesignLab

This workshop brings together scholars of ethics, artificial intelligence, law, computer science, psychology, philosophy and computer science to critically discuss their experiences, case studies and reflections on robot ethics. In addition, the group aims to set an agenda in robot ethics for the next decade. The workshop intends to:
* Build a network of support between novice and expert researchers in robotics and robot ethics
* Build a network between academic and industrial leaders
* Discuss and critique various adaptations and appropriations of robot ethics
* Explore differences in methods for short versus long term projects
* Discuss opportunities for collaboration among the community
* Reflect on the last 20 years of robot ethics research and create a roadmap for robot ethics in the coming decade

Please find out more in the workshop leaflet: Robotics_workshop

The workshop is sponsored by 3TU.Ethics and organized by 3TU.Ethics Task Force Robotica