Open lecture on Responsible Innovation by Rene von Schomberg
On Wednesday February 3rd, (16.00 – 17.30) Dr. Phil. René von Schomberg, first editor of and contributor to the International Handbook on Responsible Innovation, will intervene at the “Beyond Cosmethics” IdeaLab to make an opening lecture on Responsible Research and Innovation.
The “Beyond Cosmethics: Responsible Ethics for Responsible Innovation” IdeaLab is a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together researchers from various fields – including law, ethics, social sciences, and computer science – to systematically examine the problems of ethics misuse in ICT. In order to avoid the misapplication of ethics in innovative tech development and governance, a critical, methodological, and foundational reflection upon the role of ethics as a distinct discipline is needed. To this end, the Beyond Cosmethics IdeaLab has a threefold goal. First, using the AI governance debate as a case study, the IdeaLab aims to investigate the current role and position of ethics – both as a concept and discipline – within the broader ICT context. Second, through the IdeaLab’s activities, the group seeks to clarify and reinforce the key strengths that ethics, as a separate discipline, can have for evaluating the ICT environment. Finally, the lab seeks to leverage the lessons learned throughout its duration into a set of recommendations targeted to amongst others academics, civil society and policymakers.
In light of the IdeaLab’s goal to conduct a critical investigation, this lecture offers a forum to discuss and process important views relevant to the (mis)use of ethics in ICT.
The event is free of charge, but registration is required. You can register for the event by the 2nd of February 2021 at the latest via the following link.