September 2015, SAC Activity Seminar: Japanese Ethics and Technology
This two-day seminar is dedicated to exploring the relevance of Japanese ethics for understanding ethical issues of technology. Particular focus will be on the effect of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the thought about Japanese ethics and technology.
September 2, 11:00 - 18:00
September 3, 09:15 - 17:00
Venue: Beurlingrummet, Ångström Laboratory
CEST - Center for Ethics, Sustainability, and Technology
Advances in technology can create very serious ethical problems, with unforeseeable consequences. The problems that may arise are difficult to identify since it is difficult to imagine how technologies can be (mis)used and what unintended consequences they may have. At the Center for Ethics, Sustainability, and Technology we develop theory and methods to incorporate ethical thinking in technology development.
For instance, one arising ethical issue within information technology is sustainability. As we are storing unprecedented amounts of data and renewing technical artifacts at an increasing rate, the environmental impact of ICT is rapidly becoming a serious problem. It is difficult to estimate exactly how big this impact is and we might already be at a point when we need to start thinking about how to handle information differently. Do we really need to store all the information that is created on, e.g., Facebook or are we better off without it?
Another issue is that of privacy in a world where information is aggregated and analyzed like never before in history. What can automated analysis of large data sets reveal about you and your preferences, and can it be used to influence your decisions?
The research at the Center for Ethics, Sustainability, and Technology is aimed at developing understanding about which values are affected by technology development, and methods to safeguard these values in real-life decision making.
- Be an interdisciplinary forum for research on the societal and environmental impact of technology
- Arrange courses, seminars, workshops and conferences in this area
Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
Thomas Taro Lennerfors, Senior lecturer in Industrial Engineering & Management
Ryoko Asai, Guest Researcher at the Department of Information Technology
Per Fors, Doctoral Student in Industrial Engineering & Management
Mikael Laaksoharju, Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction
Norberto Patrignani, Doctoral Student in Human-Computer Interaction
Anders Persson, Doctoral Student in Human-Computer Interaction
Jolanda van Rooijen, Doctoral Student in Industrial Engineering & Management
Collaborations and Conferences
- International, for instance: Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan; SIGMA, University of Tsukuba, Japan; University of Crete, Greeece; as well as national cooperations
- Host for IFIP WG9.2 Workshop, June 2012
Photo: (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) By Stian Eikeland