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International Conference Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies ESDIT2022

News | 28-02-2022 12:49

OCTOBER 6TH AND 7TH, 2022, Oegstgeest (near) Leiden, The Netherlands
International Conference Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies ESDIT2022

Deadline for Abstracts: 22 May 2022
Notification of acceptation/rejection abstracts: 15 June 2022

This will be a major academic conference in 2022, organized by a consortium of seven universities in the Netherlands. The focus will be on those new technologies that are disruptive and transformative of society: artificial intelligence, robotics, neurotechnology, synthetic biology, 3D printing, energy transition technologies, and others.

The objective of the conference is to study and ethically assess the transformative consequences of these emerging technologies, on social institutions, the environment, human relations, personal identities, thought and language. There will be a particular focus on challenges of disruptive technologies to key concepts and values, like “truth”, “agency”, “democracy”, “human nature” and “life. The conference will host parallel tracks on topics like “Technology and Changing Self-understanding”, “The Ethics of Human-Like Robots”, “Democracy and Technology”, “At the Intersection of Ethics and STEM” and “Moral Change and Technology”.

This is a conference organized by the ESDiT consortium. ESDiT (an acronym for “Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies”) is a decade-spanning international research programme to achieve break-through research at the intersection of ethics, philosophy and technology / engineering. It is carried by seven academic institutions in The Netherlands, and has a combined budget of € 27 million. The programme is closely affiliated with the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (4TU.Ethics) and the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University. ESDiT is funded by the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in The Netherlands, and by matching funds from the participating institutions.
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A call for papers will follow before 1 March 2022.

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