Track 11: Technology and moral responsibility


When it comes to the development, management and use of technologies, questions on moral responsibility are very complex. Society praises the engineers and research institutes for the technological improvements, but publicly blaming them seems to be another matter. Is this right? Debating responsibility issues is difficult because many actors are involved in the processes, unforeseen impacts like environmental consequences are common, and socio-technical interactions are complex. Does this mean we should not think in terms of blame and praise anymore? If so, what alternatives do we have for dealing with technology in a responsible way?

This track seeks to explore a wide range of approaches for taking and assigning moral responsibility in relation to technological innovation. Papers discussing case-studies, conceptual analyses, normative theories and models for assigning moral responsibility are all welcomed. Contributions from engineers are also welcomed.