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| Posted on June 7, 2023

PhD Position Design for Values and Innovation for Quantum Technology

Challenge: Addressing the current corporate and geopolitical situation around quantum technologies. Change: Update ethics of technology approaches such as Design for Values and Responsible Research and Innovation. Impact: Develop ethical guidance fit for quantum technologies.   Job description This PhD position aims to develop and tailor approaches for ethical technology guidance, specifically Design for...

| Posted on June 8, 2023

Journal of Human-Technology Relations is launched

The Journal of Human-Technology Relations (JHTR) is an electronic open-access journal that investigates human-technology relations from a wide variety of disciplines. Technologies have come to play a central role in human lives and societies, which calls for an interdisciplinary approach to study them. JHTR thus welcomes high-quality submissions from all disciplines relevant to study...

| Posted on June 7, 2023

The power of computer vision. A critical analysis

At 27 September 2023, Rosalie Waelen will defend her thesis 'The power of computer vision. A critical analysis'. Description dissertation: This dissertation introduces a new approach to AI ethics and applies this approach to discuss the ethical and societal implications of computer vision technology. Computer vision is the subfield of artificial intelligence (AI) that...

Statement 4TU.Ethics against use of technology for violence

The 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology is distraught by the brutal violence against innocent people in Iran, Ukraine, and many other places in the world. In our mission we state that we envision  “..a world in which technology is developed and used for benefit of humanity and the preservation of our planet. It is a world in which ethical considerations concerning human rights, well-being, global and inter-generational justice, the social good are systematically included in practices of technology and engineering.”

This is an ideal vision indeed. Throughout human history, technology has been applied to suppress and to attack innocent people, either in warfare or by violent regimes towards their own people. Notwithstanding this repeating history, we are always shocked again, for example now in the ways how the Iranian regime is suppressing Iranian citizens by means of digital technologies (including tracking protesters with spyware on their mobile phones and using facial recognition technologies to identify protesters) and in the drone attacks by the Russian army on Ukrainian technological infrastructures, necessary for all citizens to survive. We cannot but reject such violence. Human rights should be served by technological developments, not violated. We call on all governments and engineers to resist such use of technology.

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