The rapid expansion of drone technology makes it important to develop a toolkit that connects ethical and societal analysis within the design and testing phase of new drone technologies.
This research is aimed at socio-technical designs and business models that facilitate the development of smart urban energy systems, for example in the city of Amsterdam.
How to make sure that the nightlife in our cities is safe, but also fun? This project showed that various measures are required to ensure socially-responsible video surveillance.
Patients who have run out of standard treatment options may get early access to investigational drugs. This project determines the ethical and societal conditions for a responsible design of services to facilitate early access.
A system of national electronic patient records (Dutch acronym EPD) could improve the quality and efficiency of health care. A prerequisite for successful implementation is the confidence of healthcare providers in this system.
With the introduction of new information technologies, military personnel are increasingly working together in large networks. This project examined how to ensure socially-responsible operations within this context.
Truck drivers appreciate their freedom and autonomy on the road, but automated trucks are safer and more sustainable - so better for society. Drivers need to be willing to share control over their vehicle though. This can be achieved by using persuasive technology. Drivers are found to be more inclined to share control over their vehicle if the persuasive system is coupled to a virtual driver similar to them. However, to prevent unethical manipulation that ignores the driver’s autonomy, certain guidelines need to be followed during design and implementation of the persuasive system.
People often respond emotionally to proposed sustainable innovations, for example when resisting the siting of windmills. This project develops an approach to take such emotions constructively into account in order to develop responsible innovations.
Pathogenic agents - that are important to life sciences - can also be used to develope biological weapons. This project developed recommendations on how to deal with this potential threat.
Sensors and computer applications can be used to create smart cities with a high standard of living. In this project, an ethical framework is developed for such a city.
‘Persuasive technology’ in people’s home might lead to reducing energy consumption. Essential for success is the integration of sound technology, effective persuasive principles and attention to ethical values.
Military operations rely increasingly on complex, intelligent combat systems. International humanitarian law puts limitations on when they can be used. The researchers clarify what ‘meaningful human control’ is and provide a general direction for the designing-in of human responsibility into combat systems.
Consumers are often wary of food innovations. How then can food technologists ensure a meaningful dialogue with consumers as to what is “good food”, in order to develop better products?
The rapid development of smartphone technology creates great opportunities for supporting a healthier lifestyle. This project develops ways through which users can trust health support systems and are willing to use them without this affecting their intrinsic motivation to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Flames spewing from the kitchen tap, injection needles in our food. Some of the images traveling across the internet and social media can be frightening. We have to take them seriously and develop creative and informative new images together with supporters and opponents.
How can we include citizens’ ethical considerations in real-world economic policy analysis of sustainable energy policies? This project develops a new assessment tool that aims to do exactly this.