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Course module: 202001546
Philosophy of Technology Lab
Course info
Course module202001546
Credits (ECTS)3
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personM. Gonzalez Woge
Contactperson for the course
M. Gonzalez Woge
M. Gonzalez Woge
dr. R.N. Kizito
Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksATLAS Elective (semester 2,4 and 6 )
Application procedure-
Registration using OSIRISYes
"By the end of this course, the student should be able to:
  • Think critically about the transformational potential of disruptive technologies;
  • Identify and analyse ethical aspects and philosophical problems of disruptive technologies;
  • Display, in a written format, a critical analysis of an ethical and philosophical issue related to her/his chosen case study;
  • Envision alternatives to existing or emerging ethical problems related to the technology;
  • Communicate, in an engaging manner, the results of her/his research and analysis to the ATLAS community;
  • Be better prepared to perform her/his future work as a New Engineer in the design, development, production, and/or management of technologies in an ethical way"

"The Philosophy of Technology Lab aims to introduce ATLAS students to ethical and philosophical reflection on disruptive technologies.

Artificial Intelligence, robotics, geoengineering, nanomedicine, synthetic biology, and neurotechnology are examples of technologies that have the potential to transform the cultural, social, and economic dimensions of our everyday lives as well as to contribute in solving world challenges such as climate change and the extinction of biodiversity.

Despite their potential, disruptive technologies pose complex questions that require ethical reflection. Traditional notions such as natural and artificial, as well as the boundaries of safety and surveillance, freedom and responsibility, are rapidly shifting along with the development and transformation of these technologies.

By the end of this course, students will be able to better understand the impact of disruptive technologies and envision ways for innovation that contributes to a future worth wanting.

Lectures on Ethics and Philosophy of Technology
Seminar-like discussions of peer-reviewed literature
Research and analysis of a case study chosen by the student
Creation of evidence of such research and analysis in relation to Innovation, Activism, Policy, Public Engagement or Art
Presentation of the student’s work to the ATLAS community

Brey, P. (2017) Ethics of Emerging Technologies. In S. O. Hansson (Ed.), Methods for the Ethics of Technology. Rowman and Littlefield International.
Coeckelberg, M. (2020) Introduction to Philosophy of Technology. Oxford University Press.
Doorn, N. et al . (Eds.) (2014) Early Engagement and New Technologies: Opening Up the Laboratory. Philosophy of Engineering and Technology. Springer, Dordrecht.
Michelfelder, D. & Doorn, N. (Eds.) (2020) The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Engineering. Routledge.
Murphy, C. et al. (Eds.) (2015) Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World. Philosophy of Engineering and Technology. Springer, Dordrecht.
Vallor, S. (2016) Technology and the Virtues. A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting. Oxford University Press.

External students who are interested with this elective please contact"

Participating study
Bachelor Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences
Required materials
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

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