Can the technological mediation approach improve technology assessment? A critical view from ‘within’

Bas de Boer (Corresponding Author), Jonne Hoek, Olga Kudina

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Abstract

The technological mediation approach aspires to complement current Technology Assessment (TA) practices. It aims to do so by addressing ethical concerns from ‘within’ human-technology relations leading to ethical Constructive Technology Assessment (eCTA), as articulated by Kiran, Asle H., Nelly Oudshoorn, and Peter-Paul Verbeek in their 2015 article. In this paper, we problematize this ambition. Firstly, we situate the technological mediation approach in the history of TA. Secondly, as a study into the normativity from ‘within’ human-technology relations, we reveal the phenomenological and existential origins of Verbeek's technological mediation approach. Thirdly, we show that there are two possible readings of this approach: a strong and a weak one. The weak reading can augment current TA practices but is eventually uncommitted to the idea of technological mediation. The strong reading defines a wholly new scope for our engagement with (emerging) technologies but is incompatible with existing TA approaches
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-315
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of responsible innovation
Volume5
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Ethics
  • Technological mediation
  • Normativity
  • Postphenomenology
  • Technology assessment

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