Ethics Lab: Design a Medical Drone

Ethical drone workshop: help us design responsible flying robots!

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The operation of civil drones (public sector, commercial, humanitarian etc.) overtook military operations in number in 2013, and the trend has only continued – meaning a drone might be flying near you very soon. When should we use drones, and when not? What should these drones look like, and how should they behave? Do we even want drones around us in the first place? These are the types of questions we will explore in this workshop on ethical drone development. We will introduce a method called value-sensitive design (VSD), a systematic approach to incorporating desirable human values and social impacts into the design of technology. And we will share the case-study of a prototype “ethical” healthcare drone that will be built in 2019 to transport blood samples between hospitals in Denmark. Attendees will then be asked for inputs on the values and impacts they want from the drone, and help thus help the engineers design responsible flying robots.

The event will start with an introduction to the VSD methodology and the case study for a healthcare drone. We will then continue with the workshop from 13:30 hrs onwards. A sandwich will be provided!

The workshop will be offered by:

  • Dylan Cawthorne, Associate Professor at the Unmanned Aerial Systems Center at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.
  • Ibo van de Poel, Anthoni van Leeuwenhoek professor in Ethics and Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology.
  • Pieter Vermaas, Associate Professor at the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology.
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