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The 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (4TU.Ethics) is a research centre, but our members are teach in areas where the results of research can be transferred to the public domain (i.e. public institutions, industry, institutions of higher education).

Some of the central research questions in the programme are: How can we see to it that newly emerging and converging technologies and infrastructures express our considered moral judgments and widely endorsed public values? How can we assess our technology in the light of public moral values like sustainability, user autonomy, safety, privacy, accountability, democracy and quality of life? What role should public actors play in decision making about technological risks in design? And how are our norms and values affected themselves by technological developments?

Research themes include the requirements for responsible innovation, the possibility of value-sensitive design, ethical parallel research (ethical investigations in close collaboration with programmes of technological development), ethical technology assessment, the ethics of technological risks, the anthropology and ethics of human-technology relations, and many others. Technologies covered include information and communication technology, biomedical technology, nanotechnology, industrial design, environmental technology, architecture and urban planning, neuro- and cognitive technology, military technology, and others.

Ethics Courses for Engineering Students at Bachelor and Master Level

Many of our members teach ethics to engineering students at the bachelor or master level at one of the 4 universities of technology involved in 4TU.Ethics.

PhD and Master Programme in Ethics and Technology

The 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology offers a graduate programme in Ethics and Technology leading to a PhD or MSc degree in the area of ethics of technology. In our graduate programme ethics as a humanities subject, is linked with technology as a subject of the engineering sciences. The aim of the programme is to study ethical issues in the development, use and regulation of technology, in close collaboration with the engineering sciences, and to a lesser extent the social sciences. The programme is predicated on an increasing need for responsible innovation in society, and a growing demand for graduates in ethics of technology. Read more about applying for a Ph.D.Position.

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