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Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology

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Joost Groot Kormelink, TU Delft

Pub Date: 2019

ISBN 13: 978-94-6366-202-4

Publisher: TU Delft Open

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Introduction to responsible innovation
  • 2. Applied ethics for responsible innovation
  • 3. Institutional context of innovations
  • 4. Innovation and business
  • 5. Frugal innovation
  • 6. Implementation of RI by companies: new standard
  • 7. Understanding risk
  • 8. Risk management and safety engineering
  • 9. Value Sensitive Design

About the Book

This textbook is based on the MOOC Responsible Innovation offered by the TU Delft. It provides a framework to reflect on the ethics and risks of new technologies. How can we make sure that innovations do justice to social and ethical values? How can we minimize (unknown)risks?
The book explains:

  • The concept and importance of responsible innovation for society
  • Key ethical concepts and considerations to analyse the risks of new technologies
  • Different types of innovation (e.g. radical, niche, incremental, frugal)
  • Roadmap for Responsible Innovation by Industry
  • The concept of Value Sensitive Design (VSD)

It includes a link to all the web lectures as well as case studies ranging from care robots and nuclear energy to Artificial Intelligence and self-driving vehicles.

About the Contributors


Joost Groot Kormelink is manager Open and Online Education at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management and responsible for offering MOOCs in the field of Responsible Innovation for various target groups. Joost is also involved in international projects focusing on the risks and societal impact of new technologies and secretary of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the TU Delft.