Setting the stage
Today I started my final project for the master program Design for Interaction at the TU Delft.
Emerging technologies have a great impact on how people live their lives. Therefor I believe designers have a societal responsibility and should thus be aware of the ethical implications of their creations. Besides engineers, policy makers and designers I think it is important to engage the general public in the discussion of such ethical dilemma's.
Design can be an effective tool to do so, since it can be used to speculate about possible futures. Design artefacts can trigger people to envision a certain technology in their future everyday life and think critically about the impact this might have. This allows the ethical implications to be discussed by a broader public, beyond the people directly involved in the research, development or funding of these technologies.
This graduation project serves to investigate how design can bridge the gap between science and society. With a research through design approach I will use speculative design artefacts to discuss ethical dilemma's both with experts and laypeople to develop a framework for 'ethics through design'.