Technology & Morality

November 10, 2016                                                                                                        

University of Twente, DesignLab, Room INFORM                                                         Hengelosestraat 500, 7521 AN, Enschede, The Netherlands 

Technologies increasingly co-constitute the canvas for human experiences, practices and decisions. Self-driving cars are said to increase road safety; health tracking devices can help to monitor your health; there are even technologies allowing one to select the sex of a future child. However, the perceived benefits of these technologies also foster new concerns, often challenging the dominant normative ideas and standards. How should we conceive of such an interrelation of technology and morality? And what does such an entangled relationship mean for the matters of design and use of technologies? 

Please, follow the link to access presentations of the speakers from November 10, 2016.



Chair of the day: Prof. Dr. Ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente)

Commenter: Dr. Michael Nagenborg (University of Twente)




10:00 – 10:30

Registration and coffee

10:30 – 10:45

Peter-Paul Verbeek

Technological mediation and morality

10:45 – 11:00

Olya Kudina

Presenting the PhD project

11:00 – 11:45

Tsjalling Swierstra

Technomoral change: reconciling the first and third person’s perspectives 

11:45 – 12:00


Comment by Peter-Paul Verbeek and Q&A

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:45

Tamar Sharon

Of technological practices and enacted values: The case of the Quantified Self

13:45 – 14:00


Comment by Michael Nagenborg and Q&A

14:00 – 14:45

Batya Friedman

Value Sensitive Design in practice

14:45 – 15:00


Comment by Michael Nagenborg and Q&A

15:00 – 15:15

 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:00

Ibo van de Poel

How can designers deal with the experimental nature of new technologies?

16:00 – 16:15


Comment by Peter-Paul Verbeek and Q&A

16:15 – 17:00

Plenary discussion

What does the interwoven character of technology and morality mean for the ethics of technology and design practice? 

Videos of the presentations:

1. Introduction to technologically mediated morality by Peter-Paul Verbeek and Olya Kudina (University of Twente)

2. “Identifying technologically induced moral change” by Tsjalling Swierstra (Maastricht University)

3. “Of technological practices and enacted values: The case of the Quantified Self” by Tamar Sharon (Maastricht University)

4. “Value Sensitive Design in practice” by Batya Friedman (University of Washington)

5. “Design and the experimental nature of new technology” by Ibo van de Poel (Delft University) + Plenary discussion

This symposium is part of the NWO funded VICI-program: Theorizing Technological Mediation, led by Prof. Dr. Ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek.