Explorations of Responsible Innovation in the Digital Domain
New technological developments in areas like quantum computing, big data, robotics, block chain, artificial intelligence (AI), and the internet of things (IoT) create opportunities, but also raise societal and ethical challenges. Responsible innovation is needed in order to ensure a successful implementation and long-term benefits for companies, citizens and society alike. Design for values is a powerful strategy to achieve this. It requires addressing moral values such as privacy, transparency, safety, security, trust, autonomy and well-being pro-actively and early on in the innovation process This masterclass will give executives the chance to (1) deepen their understanding of digital ethics and how moral values may be embedded in new technologies and (2) acquire inspiration for guiding their own organisation towards responsible innovation.
For Whom Is This Master Class?
This masterclass is meant for CEOs, CTOs and other senior executives of companies working on innovations in the digital domain, for example in the areas of big data, robotics, block chain, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (I would also be happy to schedule a phone call, if you prefer)
Our Top Teachers
Your host and main teacher for this executive master class will be Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, scientific director of the Delft Design for Values Institute. In addition a range of experts will guide you through various topics and cases, including:
Jeroen van den Hoven is university professor of ethics & technology at Delft University of Technology and scientific director of the Delft Design for Values Institute. He was the founding scientific director of 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (2007-2013). He is editor in chief of the journal Ethics and Information Technology and founder of the program of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on responsible innovation. He is one of the editors of the Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design. Together with Dean Cocking he recently published the book Evil Online (Blackwell, 2018).
Marijn Janssen holds the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek chair in “ICT and Governance” and is head of the Information and Communication Technology section of the School of Technology, Policy and Management of TU Delft. His research is focused on ICT-architecting in situations in which multiple public and private organizations need to collaborate, in which ICT plays an enabling role, there are various ways to proceed, and socio-technical solutions are constrained by organizational realities and political wishes
Catholijn Jonker is professor of Interactive Intelligence at Delft University of Technology and part-time professor at the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). All her research lines adopt a value-sensitive approach to develop intelligent agents that can interact with their users in value-conflicting situations when also meta-values no longer solve the situation. In her vision agents and robots should explain their behaviour and decisions in a context-sensitive and engaging way. More on her research
Ibo van de Poel is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor in ethics and technology and head of the Department Values, Technology & Innovation of the School of Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft. Van de Poel’s research focuses on several themes: responsible innovation, design for values, the moral acceptability of technological risks, engineering ethics, moral responsibility in research networks, ethics of new emerging technologies, and the idea of new technology as social experiments. He is one of the editors of the Handbook of Ethics, Values and Technological Design and received several prestigious research grants.
A more extensive and final list of the teaching staff will be announced in due time.
What Will You Learn?
Digital Ethics & Design for Values
- Fundamentals and latest insights from the field of ethics and information technology
- To critically reflect on new digital technologies from an ethical perspective
- Different ways of understanding key values such as privacy and autonomy
- How values may be translated into design requirements using the ‘values hierarchy’
- Recognizing value conflicts in design – even if or after values have been built into them – and developing strategies to overcome them
- Design for values as part of a broader responsible innovation strategy
Recent Developments & Case Studies
Throughout the course you will learn about recent technological developments and the ethical issues that they raise, for example (list to be finalized):
- Developing Artificial Intelligence with an internal ethical compass (confirmed)
- Privacy, transparency & big and open linked data (confirmed)
- Safety & the responsibility of self-driving cars
- The ethics of data-intensive research