Dealing with threats and disaster: New paradigms – New technologies – New ethical challenges?

Drone flying over security fenceNovember 23-24 2017, Office of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (The Hague, the Netherlands)

Attendance at this workshop is available by invitation only.

This November, the FRR will again team up with the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology to host a drones workshop addressing the current developments in the fields of safety and security. The goal of this workshop will be to ask if these developments bring with them new ethical challenges, or simply an exaggeration of traditional ethical and practical issues. To that end, we will address several questions: what does the contemporary focus on resilience mean for dealing with disasters? What role do new technologies (e.g. drones, AI, and other tech) play in the shift towards proactive approaches in policing? How can we understand the use of new technologies – for example, drones – in a humanitarian context?

The workshop will bring together multiple stakeholders with different backgrounds and perspectives to create a roadmap of current developments in the safety and security landscape and the ethical implications that they raise, and to identify topics that are in need of further research.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

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Aimee van Wynsberghe, Assistant Professor of Ethics and Technology, TU Delft; Co-director, FRR

Michael Nagenborg, Assistant Professor of  Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente

Sven Nyholm, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Eindhoven University of Technology

Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of AI and Robotics, University of Sheffield; Co-director, FRR

Denise Soesilo, FSD

Kristin Sandvik, Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies, PRIO

Irakli Beridze, Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, UNICRI

Tina Comes, Delft Technology Fellow and Full Professor, Department of ICT, University of Agder

Kevin MacNish, Assitant Professor in Ethics and IT, University of Twente

Oriol Lopez, Research and Development Specialist, Doctors Without Borders

Ian Stanier, former Senior Intelligence Officer; University Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

Brian Roberts, retired Detective Chief Inspector, Cheshire Constabulary; University Lecturer, University of Chester

Sabine Roeser, distinguished Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor of Ethics, TU Delft

Nolen Gertz, Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy, University of Twente

Joel Myhre, PhD Research Fellow, CIEM, University of Agder

Jonas Feltes, PhD Researcher, “Global Terrorism and Collective Moral Responsibility”, TU Delft

Scott Robbins, PhD Researcher, “Global Terrorism and Collective Moral Responsibility”, TU Delft

Duuk Baten, Master Student, Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Society, University of Twente

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