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Unforeseeable Futures

In our interactive panel, we will challenge people to think about ethics in different and more proactive ways. We will explore ideas around designing for flexibility, for different points of view, for different kinds of futures. Our goal is to provoke and question the very notion of ethics, asking, why do we even care about ethics in relation to technology? Through our various perspectives, we will tell stories and encourage story-telling in order to bring concepts down to earth and into practice. To achieve this we will run a series of provocations with our participants around such questions as what do we mean by ethics? Why is it relevant to technology? What is ethical technology and unethical technology? What do we mean by tools for ethics?

Join us in this session to create a space and a structure for people to talk with one another about ethics, and to share practical viewpoints on ethics as it relates to IoT and connective technologies. We aim to enable our participants to question assumptions of what ethics means and how it relates to their life and work.

In this session we will also share our work on project VIRT-EU. It combines research and design in new technology and ethics, as well as our project’s framework for thinking about ethics in relation to building new technology.

This workshop is part of track ‘How to shape a responsible society’ (Thursday 10:30-17:30h) and lead by Irina Shklovski, Annelie Berner and Funda Ustek-Spilda.

Program Day 1

Our program on Thursday the 12th

Day 1 of Thingscon 2019 we will shape the future narratives of the responsible IoT and beyond together. You can dive deep with peers, thought leaders, innovators, and researchers from the ThingsCon community and beyond:

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Program Day 2

Our program on Friday the 13th

Day 2 of Thingscon 2019 is about the current state of the responsible IoT. You can get inspiration from thought leaders and practitioners from the field, get hands-on with the latest tools & insights and be part of the leading discours. To end Thingscon will present a State of the Responsible IoT in 2019:

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12 / 13 December, Rotterdam

Date and time

Thursday, 12 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 19:00 (CET)
Friday, 13 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 20:00 (CET)


Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark, 3015 CB Rotterdam (map)