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End of week 3

This week you have been introduced to the ethical dimension of technological mediation. We looked into the tensions and criticisms concerning ‘moralising technologies’, both in the sense of the moral …

A Discussion about Moralising Technology

In this article, we will look into some of the tensions between “moralising things” and other values like freedom, autonomy, democracy. Facing a democratic challenge The ‘moralisation of technology’ is …

How can you design moral technology?

In 1995, Dutch philosopher Hans Achterhuis published an article titled ‘The moralization of devices’ (Achterhuis 1995). In order to end the constant moralising in the environmental discussion, Achterhuis proposed to …

Can there be ethics in things?

In this video we explain that technological mediations have an impact on how we act. This makes technological artefacts at least ethically significant. But what does it mean to mediate …

Our analysis of the social robot

In order to analyse the mediating roles that SPENCER plays, we can guide our imagination along the various relations humans can have with it, and along the implications of these …

Can you analyse the social robot?

In STEP 2.3 – What kind of relationship can you have with a social robot? Vanessa Evers introduced you to social robotics afterwhich you discussed what kind of relationship you …

Technological mediation in 5 min

This animation provides you with a summary of what you learned so far about how we could understand human-technology relations. The phenomenological approach helps us to overcome the radical split …

Verbeek’s theory of technological mediation

  Expanding the mediation theory Recent technological developments urge us to expand the range of human-technology relations that have been analysed in Ihde’s work. Verbeek has argued that postphenomenology should …

What can we learn from Latour?

In this article we take a closer look at Latour’s discussion of the example of guns. Subject-object distinction Just like Don Ihde, Latour’s work aims to overcome the separation of …

How does technology mediate our practices?

In this video we zoom-in on the dimension of practices. Like with the dimension of perception, we we can differentiate between two different kinds: micro-practices and macro-practices. The example the …
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