What are the ethical implications of the Internet of Things? Technologies are increasingly taking on an environmental role. Sensor networks are being integrated in our material environment, while algorithms and artificial intelligence make sense of the generated data, and influence our public and private lives. What will this world of smart homes, smart cities, smart hospitals, and smart schools imply for social interactions, power relations, scientific practices, city life, healthcare, and teaching? How are these technologies different from other types of technologies? How can we evaluate them adequately? And how can they be designed in a value-sensitive way?
On March 14, a workshop at DesignLab University of Twente will be hosted to address these questions. The workshop is jointly organized by the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology (COMEST) and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Twente.
- Paul Havinga (University of Twente, IoT sensor technology)
- Rob van Kranenburg (AI and society)
- Jeroen van den Hoven (TU Delft, Ethics of Technology & member of EU expert group on the ethics of science and new technologies)
- Nirvana Meratnia (University of Twente, IoT technology in scientific practice)
- Michael Nagenborg (University of Twente, philosophy of the city), Marie-Helene Parizeau (Laval University, Quebec, ethics of technology & chair COMEST)
- Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente, organizer & member of COMEST).
More information about the programme will be announced shortly.
Goal of the workshop is to provide a basis for a COMEST report on the Ethics of IoT. The workshop is kindly sponsored by the board of the University of Twente, the Faculty of Behavioral, Management, and Social Sciences, and the Department of Philosophy. It is open to anyone interested. Participants include the members of the COMEST working group on the Ethics of IoT. Organizers: Margoth González Woge and Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente).
We have already received a signifcant amount of interest for this workshop. Registration is now closed.
Please contact co-organizer Margoth González Woge via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about this event.