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Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Nanotechnology > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET’s Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Nanotechnology and Value Sensitive Design International Journal of Technoethics

Although continued investments in nanotechnology are made, atomically precise manufacturing (APM) to date is still regarded as speculative technology. APM, also known as molecular manufacturing, is a token example of a converging technology, has great potential to impact and be affected by other emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and ICT. The development of APM thus can have drastic global impacts depending on how it is designed and used. This article argues that the ethical issues that arise from APM - as...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Staff > Steven Umbrello > Fellows > Stefan Sorgner
IEET’s Steven Umbrello and Stefan Sorgner Publish New Paper on AI Cognitive Suffering Philosophies

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello and IEET Fellow, and ‘Bad Boy of Philosophy’, Stefan L. Sorgner have published a new paper on the potential cognitive suffering of future AI titled: “Nonconscious Cognitive Suffering: Considering Suffering Risks of Embodied Artificial Intelligence” in the journal Philosophies

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Staff > Steven Umbrello
CFP Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies

Delphi is a pioneering interdisciplinary review of emerging technologies as seen through the perspectives of experts from the fields of science and technology, ethics, economics, business and law. Inspired by the idea to encourage inclusive, thoughtful – and sometimes unsettling – debates on the many opportunities and challenges created by technological progress, the international quarterly review brings together authors with different professional backgrounds as well as opposing views. Contributions to Delphi come in compact formats and...

SciencePolicy > Innovation > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on Technology Design Science and Engineering Ethics

Safe-by-design (SBD) frameworks for the development of emerging technologies have become an ever more popular means by which scholars argue that transformative emerging technologies can safely incorporate human values.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Joins Delphi Editorial Board Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies.

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Joins the editorial board of the journal Delphi: Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies. You can read the first issue here.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on AI Ethics Big Data and Cognitive Computing

IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Paper on AI Ethics in the journal Big Data and Cognitive Computing as part of the Special Issue Artificial Superintelligence: Coordination & Strategy and is available online: https://www.mdpi.com/2504-2289/3/1/5

SciencePolicy > Nanotechnology > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET Managing Director S. Umbrello on Designing a Nano-Safe Future The Solutions Journal

Nanotechnologies are fast becoming one of the most ubiquitous of the emerging technologies to have a commercial and economic impact. Along with artificial intelligence systems and biotechnologies, nanotechnology is a billion-dollar global industry that has massive product implications.

Made famous by K. Eric Drexler, Molecular Manufacturing (also known as atomically precise manufacturing (APM), molecular engineering or productive molecular nanosystems) is an emerging manufacturing technology that has the potential to shift current ec...

SciencePolicy > Innovation > Nanotechnology > Staff > Steven Umbrello
IEET Managing Director Steven Umbrello publishes new paper on Nanotechnology Futures

Atomically precise manufacturing (APM) is the assembly of materials with atomic precision. APM does not currently exist, and may not be feasible, but if it is feasible, then the societal impacts could be dramatic. This paper assesses the net societal impacts of APM across the full range of important APM sectors: general material wealth, environmental issues, military affairs, surveillance, artificial intelligence, and space travel. Positive effects were found for material wealth, the environment, military affairs (specifically nuclear disarm...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > SciencePolicy > Safety and Efficacy > Staff > Steven Umbrello
Managing Director Steven Umbrello Publishes New Article in JRI Journal of Responsible Innovation

This paper argues that although moral intuitions are insufficient for making judgments on new technological innovations, they maintain great utility for informing responsible innovation. To do this, this paper employs the Value Sensitive Design (VSD) methodology as an illustrative example of how stakeholder values can be better distilled to inform responsible innovation. Further, it is argued that moral intuitions are necessary for determining stakeholder values required for the design of responsible technologies. This argument is supported ...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Technoprogressivism > Staff > Steven Umbrello
Call for Papers Special Issue on Animal Enhancement Between the Species

Much philosophical discussion has been centered and devoted to the subject of human enhancement by means of technological interventions and artifacts. Many of these interventions, technologies and systems can, however, be applied to similar enhancement goals to nonhuman animals, yet little philosophical and ethical debate has considered such.

The goal of this special issue is to consider the concept of ‘animal enhancement’ as such. Papers that foster philosophical, ethical, theological and ecological reflection on animal enhance...