How to meet the needs of our society without compromising the rights of future generations?

Sustainability and sustainable development have been high on political agendas across the world since the Brundlandt Commission Report, Our Common Future, was published in 1987. The strive towards sustainability brings all kind of ethical issues that need to be considered in development of green technologies – the use of persuasive technologies to trigger environmental-friendly behaviour…
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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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Law enforcement and privacy


Pop AI aims at fostering trust in the application of AI and AI-enable mechanisms in the security domain, by increasing awareness, social engagement and gathering knowledge and expertise from multiple sectors (e.g. academic and non-academic actors). This approach will offer a unified European view across LEAs (Law Enforcement Agencies), while encouraging the creation of...

Explain Yourself! The scope of understanding and explanation from machine learning models


Machine learning models influence impactful decisions. However, such models are increasingly complex and opaque, challenging current philosophical theories of explanation and understanding. This project develops a new framework for identifying whether understanding from machine learning models is possible, and the impact these models have on theories of explanation. More information can be found here....

RED-AID: REspectful and capability-centreD AI Device for Preventing Call Fraud


Aim The RED-AID project has developed a conceptual home edge IoT device called WatchDog with the aim of addressing the issue of voice-based social engineering attacks. By applying a novel theoretical framework based on respectful design principles of interactive AI systems (work that resulted partially from the PETRAS project RETCON), RED-AID aims to develop an actionable ethical framework focusing on capabilities-centred...

Framework for responsible and accountable deprivation area mapping in support of pro-poor policies (FRAME-PRO)


Locational data (“geo-data”) has become increasingly available due to technological innovation. This innovation has improved the capability of capturing, storing and processing vast amounts of geo-data, producing results which have commercial and administrative value. For example, such data are essential in the SDG agenda. While there is a growing awareness of the ethical challenges...

BRIdging Technology in the Built Environment (BRIDE)


The aim of the BRIDE project is to explore the role of smart public infrastructure in making and re-making of public space. Utilizing research through design and mobilizing an empirical-philosophical theory of technology, the research team will engage in the design and construction of data interaction systems for an Internet of Things-enabled 3D printed...

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 a government-citizen-academic-industry collaboration platform that allows a wide range of stakeholders in a series of co-design sessions to discuss ethical, juridical, and social controversies, and foster broader support. Consortiumpartners: Gemeente Amersfoort, Marxman Advocaten, Aerovision,...

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