IFoT: Impact! ethical reflection through art

results and debate led by prof. Ibo van de Poel (TU Delft) - in het Engels

op 03-06-2015 om 20:00 uur in PrinsenKwartier, Sint Agathaplein 4 te Delft - ikv IFoT

Wat is het belang van ethische reflectie op nieuwe technologie? Dat is het onderwerp van het debat georganiseerd door Bèta Balie Delft tijdens de eindbijeenkomst van het Impact! project. Tijdens dit experiment hebben 23 studenten van de TU Delft de ethische aspecten van hun toekomstige werkveld en de rol van technologie in de samenleving verkend door middel van visuele technieken. Alle projecten worden gepresenteerd en beoordeeld, de drie beste projecten worden beloond.

What is the importance of ethical reflection concerning new technologies? This is the subject of the debate that is organized at the final meeting of the Impact! project. During the experiment of Impact! 23 students of the TU Delft have explored the ethical aspects of their future profession and the role of technology in society through visual reflection. All projects will be revealed and judged by a jury.

The idea of Impact! was developed through the regular ethics curriculum for engineering students at the TU Delft. Students are asked to reflect about ethical aspects of their field and their future work through lectures and tutorial groups. They are brought to express their position through debates or essays. Writing is the main medium of philosophy and the field relies on the quality of argumentation. However, this is not always the most accessible tool for reflection for students from technical backgrounds.

This is why Zoë Robaey and Shannon Spruit, two PhD candidates at the philosophy section of TU Delft, developed the idea to explore other forms of expression for students to develop their ethical skills. Their work revolves around ethical aspects of the development and introduction of new technologies in society. New technological developments, such as in the fields biotechnology, nanotechnology and synthetic biology, raise questions on the desirability of these technologies and the new potential risks that might arise from them.

When it comes to expression, artists are a good example to look at how to communicate ideas through other medium such as image or object or sounds. In order to explore means of ethical expression, a series of workshop opened up the world for 23 TU Delft students throughout the past months by bringing them to exchange their thoughts with artists and philosophers. They were coached to express their ethical questions via visual media with the goal of engaging the public with their ethical concerns. The interaction between nature and the build environment, privacy in the age of facebook, and the loss of freedom through automation are only a few of the interesting topics the students have chosen to explore through visual communication. On June 3, the final presentation of the project will take place in the Prinsenkwartier. The students will present their creations and the three best ones will be rewarded by a jury. The exhibition will be hosted by TOP Delft at the Prinsenkwartier from June 3 to June 10.

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Deze activiteit valt onder het thema Kunst & Techniek.

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