How to balance technological achievements and ethical values like privacy, autonomy and justice?
How can we use technology to develop balanced situations of autonomy, trust, and distributed responsibilities?

How can we use technology to develop balanced situations of autonomy, trust, and distributed responsibilities?

How can we justify our heavy reliance on medical equipment? What values are manifested in medical technology, considering that values vary among cultures and over time? 4TU.Ethics researchers study issues that medical technology confronts us with, and sets up frameworks that help shape future technologies in healthcare.
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Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities

Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities

As the Amersfoort Municipality is building a new Internet of Things infrastructure, this consortium of public-private partners wants to develop...
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Theorizing Technological Mediation

Theorizing Technological Mediation

NWO-VICI funded project on the mediating role of technology in knowledge, ethics, and metaphysics. Researchers: Peter-Paul Verbeek (PI), Bas de...
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Global Terrorism and Collective Moral Responsibility: Redesigning Military, Police and Intelligence Institutions in Liberal Democracies

Global Terrorism and Collective Moral Responsibility: Redesigning Military, Police and Intelligence Institutions in Liberal Democracies

International terrorism, e.g. Al Qaeda, IS, is a major global security threat. Counter-terrorism is a morally complex enterprise involving police,...
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SIENNA

SIENNA

The SIENNA project is a European Commission-funded project in the Horizon 2020 programme with a budget of € 4.0 million...
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NEWEL Project: The New Science of Existential Well-being

NEWEL Project: The New Science of Existential Well-being

Many large organizations collect and generate massive amounts of data about their employees.  Could these organizations leverage these data to...
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Fearful Technologies. Historical and ethical perspectives on the role of fear in pro-technology discourses

Fearful Technologies. Historical and ethical perspectives on the role of fear in pro-technology discourses

The project combines a historical with an ethical perspective on the the role that fear plays in the debates about...
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Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India

Developing and Implementing Smart Grids in India

India faces two major challenges in the field of electricity generation and use. Its electricity demand is growing while its...
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projects 7231

projects 7231

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Responsible Industry

Responsible Industry

Responsible-Industry is an EU-funded project that explores how private corporations can conduct their research and innovation activities responsibly.   The...
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Wise Choices and Smart Savings: Effectiveness and Acceptability of Persuasive Technology for Household Energy Saving (MORALPT)

Wise Choices and Smart Savings: Effectiveness and Acceptability of Persuasive Technology for Household Energy Saving (MORALPT)

One third of all energy consumption takes place within the build environment, and reducing that consumption is crucial for a...
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Theorizing Technological Mediation: toward an empirical-philosophical theory of technology

Theorizing Technological Mediation: toward an empirical-philosophical theory of technology

Despite its explosive growth over the past decades, the philosophy of technology is in great need of an empirical-philosophical theory...
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SURVEILLE

SURVEILLE

Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations, and Efficiency   SURVEILLE is a cutting-edge and cross-disciplinary collaborative research project funded by the...
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Military Human Enhancement: Design for Responsibility and Combat Systems

Military Human Enhancement: Design for Responsibility and Combat Systems

Modern warfare is impossible without advanced information-based decision support systems. Such operational environments involve a range of systems that constitute...
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SATORI

SATORI

SATORI aims to develop a common European framework for ethical assessment of research and innovation SATORI is a 45-month project,...
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Medical Trust Beyond Clinical Walls

Medical Trust Beyond Clinical Walls

Medical Trust Beyond Clinical Walls is an NWO-funded research project at Eindhoven University of Technology, in collaboration with and co-funded...
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Multinational nuclear waste repositories: ethics and acceptability

Multinational nuclear waste repositories: ethics and acceptability

The safe disposal of nuclear waste is a challenge to humanity. While nuclear waste disposal was previously a national responsibility,...
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The ethics of flood risk management: Reconciling equity and efficiency in flood risk management

The ethics of flood risk management: Reconciling equity and efficiency in flood risk management

The number and impact of catastrophic floods have increased significantly in the last decade, endangering both human lives and the...
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Enhancing Responsibility

Enhancing Responsibility

We normally think that peoples responsibility diminishes when mental capacities are lost and that responsibility is restored when those capacities...
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Ethical dilemmas of nuclear power production and nuclear waste management

Ethical dilemmas of nuclear power production and nuclear waste management

When we produce nuclear power we are depleting a non-renewable resource (uranium) that will eventually not be available to future...
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Integrating social and ethical reflection in nanobiotechnological practice

Integrating social and ethical reflection in nanobiotechnological practice

Nanobiotechnology is an upcoming field of technology, which gives raises to various social and ethical issues. However, many nanobiotechnologists lack...
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The ethical consequences of converging technologies

The ethical consequences of converging technologies

The project was concerned with the ethical consequences of converging technologies and resulted in a book. Main questions answered in...
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Ethical issues in engineering design: safety and sustainability

Ethical issues in engineering design: safety and sustainability

The goal of this research was to obtain insight in how engineers deal with ethical issues in daily engineering design...
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Accountability, the use of advanced medical images and the design of hospital picture archive systems

Accountability, the use of advanced medical images and the design of hospital picture archive systems

Research of the medical imaging group of Professor Reiber at LUMC (a Dutch hospital) specializes in the development of software...
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Remaking the body and embodiment in tissue engineering:<br/>On the professional and public responsibility of engineers in body politics

Remaking the body and embodiment in tissue engineering:
On the professional and public responsibility of engineers in body politics

Biomedical engineering practices articulate a specific normative perspective on the body. While in daily life people live their body as...
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Accountability for architectures for identity management systems in E_government

Accountability for architectures for identity management systems in E_government

This project was executed in the period 2004-2006 on request of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations....
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Ethical aspects of upscaling an innovative water treatment technology

Ethical aspects of upscaling an innovative water treatment technology

...or: The risk involved in the transition from lab-scale model to full-size open plant in bioprocess technology A critical step...
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Technology and the Matter of Morality

Technology and the Matter of Morality

The research project focuses on the morality of technological artifacts. During the past decade, many analyses have been made of...
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Moral responsibility in R&D networks

Moral responsibility in R&D networks

Technological research projects increasingly take place in networks, which involve different kinds of actors. These networks often lack a strict...
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Autonomy and technological risk

Autonomy and technological risk

This research concerns to question how respect for autonomy can be improved in decisions concerning the acceptability of technological risk....
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Normative implications of non-invasive instruments to analyze blood and tissue

Normative implications of non-invasive instruments to analyze blood and tissue

This project is an example of embedded ethical research. It is embedded in the context of the daily research practices...
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Developing scenarios of moral controversies concerning new biomedical technologies

Developing scenarios of moral controversies concerning new biomedical technologies

New technologies often go accompanied by moral uneasiness. It is important to policy makers to spot such controversies at an...
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Vici Project: New Media and the Quality of Life

Vici Project: New Media and the Quality of Life

New media have shaped modern culture, by affecting the way people behave, communicate, learn, and conceive of themselves and their...
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Emotions & Technological Risks; Emotions as a Normative Guide in Judging the Moral Acceptability of Technological Risks

Emotions & Technological Risks; Emotions as a Normative Guide in Judging the Moral Acceptability of Technological Risks

This project will argue that we need emotions in order to make a rational decision as to the moral acceptability...
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Neuroethics: ethical, legal and conceptual aspects of neuroscience and neurotechnology

Neuroethics: ethical, legal and conceptual aspects of neuroscience and neurotechnology

Nederlands Introduction on the subject It is nowadays possible to study the living brain at a level of detail which...
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Ethics of identity management

Ethics of identity management

Information technology (IT) has become part of our daily lives and is no longer a merely enabling technology. It is...
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The Brain and the Law

The Brain and the Law

To what extent are the brain sciences relevant to the law? There are several problems here: The conceptual framework of...
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Acting with Artefacts

Acting with Artefacts

This PhD research addresses the question of how the involvement of an artefact influences the very nature of an action,...
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SophoLab: Experimental Computational Philosophy

SophoLab: Experimental Computational Philosophy

Nederlands In this project, the extend to which we can equip artificial agents with moral reasoning capacity is investigated. Attempting...
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Technology and the limits of humanity: the ethics and anthropology of posthumanism

Technology and the limits of humanity: the ethics and anthropology of posthumanism

Technological development has started to interfere explicitly with human nature. Technologies like biotechnology, brain implants, and enhancement technologies make it...
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Product Impact: Theory and ethics of behavior steering technology

Product Impact: Theory and ethics of behavior steering technology

The research project of Steven Dorrestijn is part of the research program “Design for Usability” in the domain of Industrial...
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A Sustainable Ethics for Future Energy Systems

A Sustainable Ethics for Future Energy Systems

Sustainable energy systems are undoubtedly a positive technological development from a moral point of view. Many of these systems, however,...
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Molecular diagnostics: towards a realistic form of ethical Technology Assessment

Molecular diagnostics: towards a realistic form of ethical Technology Assessment

Molecular diagnostics promises to make diseases visible long before they manifest themselves with clear symptoms level. Furthermore, this new technology...
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Carebots and the good life: An anticipatory ethical analysis of human-robot interaction in (health) care

Carebots and the good life: An anticipatory ethical analysis of human-robot interaction in (health) care

An anticipatory ethical analysis of human-robot interaction in (health) care Given the financial pressure on our health care systems and...
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Genomics, World Views and Liberal Society

Genomics, World Views and Liberal Society

The research will concern the public debate around genomics. Genomics is a newly minted designation for present genetics. It is...
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Technology and Human Development. A Capability Approach

Technology and Human Development. A Capability Approach

Applying the capability approach of Nussbaum and Sen to technology, engineering and design Some influential theories of distributive justice, fairness...
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Communication Support & its Ethics to Improve Patient_Centred Health Care

Communication Support & its Ethics to Improve Patient_Centred Health Care

The health care domain faces many important challenges in coming years. With the introduction and increasing interconnectedness of ICT systems...
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Value Sensitive Design for IT Governance: an Intercultural Perspective

Value Sensitive Design for IT Governance: an Intercultural Perspective

Cross-country policy transferring could be aimed at transferring and implementing policies with moral import. Aid assisted ICT Governance projects are...
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Ethical and regulatory issues raised by synthetic biology

Ethical and regulatory issues raised by synthetic biology

The project addresses the ethical, legal and social implications of the emerging field of synthetic biology, with a special focus...
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Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications

Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications

The ETICA project will identify emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their potential application areas in order to analyse...
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Telecare at home: Anticipating conflicting norms in telemonitoring technologies for chronic patients

Telecare at home: Anticipating conflicting norms in telemonitoring technologies for chronic patients

This research aims to increase understanding of how engineers can anticipate conflicting norms concerning surveillance and autonomy implied by the...
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Persuasive technology and social values

Persuasive technology and social values

Social values can be in conflict with the interests or preferences of individual people. Sustainability, for example, is widely viewed...
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Responsible early diagnostics for Alzheimer’s Disease

Responsible early diagnostics for Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia in general and Alzheimer's disease (AD) in particular impose an increasing burden on aging societies. The Dutch LeARN project...
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Biosecurity and dual use research

Biosecurity and dual use research

Many pathogenic agents that are important in life sciences research can be misused for developing biological weapons. To describe and...
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Responsible Innovation in Food Technology: about the intricate web of soft impacts, (ir)responsibilities, and mutual lack of trust

Responsible Innovation in Food Technology: about the intricate web of soft impacts, (ir)responsibilities, and mutual lack of trust

Thus far, ‘responsible innovation’ restricts itself to taking into account negative impacts of emerging technologies on safety, health and environment....
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Moral fitness of military personnel in a networked operational environment

Moral fitness of military personnel in a networked operational environment

Military operational personnel are increasingly confronted with unprecedented complexities in their expeditionary missions. Collaboration between diverse partners is an essential...
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Moral Emotions and Risk Politics

Moral Emotions and Risk Politics

This VIDI-project will offer a philosophical investigation of how moral emotions can be incorporated into political decision making and communication...
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New Technologies as Social Experiments: Conditions for Morally Responsible Experimentation

New Technologies as Social Experiments: Conditions for Morally Responsible Experimentation

New Technologies as Social Experiments: Conditions for Morally Responsible Experimentation VICI project Ibo van de Poel Technologies like biotechnology, nanotechnology...
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Biofuels: sustainable innovation or gold rush?

Biofuels: sustainable innovation or gold rush?

Biofuels are controversial. Policy makers and other stakeholders are struggling to find answers to how, and under which conditions sustainability...
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