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prof.dr. P.A.E. Brey (Philip)

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About Me

Philip Brey (PhD, University of California, San Diego, 1995) is professor of philosophy and ethics of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is currently also programme leader of the ESDiT (Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies), a ten-year research programme with a budget of € 27 million and the involvement of seven universities and over sixty researchers (www.esdit.nl).  Esdit runs from 2020 to 2029.  He is a former president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT), and of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT).  Hi is also former scientific director of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology 2013-2017. He is on the editorial board of twelve leading journals and book series in his field, including Ethics and Information Technology, Nanoethics, Philosophy and Technology, Techné, Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology and Theoria.

He has led a NWO Vici project for outstanding researchers (2006-2012, budget € 1.25 million) on new media and the quality of life, which has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and has coordinated two European Union funded projects, SATORI (2014-2017, budget € 3.7 million, FP7), which aimed to develop international standards and best practices for the ethical assessment of research and innovation and, SIENNA (2017-2021, budget € 4.0 million, Horizon 2020), on the ethical and human rights aspects of emerging technologies, including human genomics, human enhancement, robotics and artificial intelligence.  He is currently also a partner in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network PROTECT and in the Horizon Europe TechEthos programme.

In his research, Philip Brey investigates ethical aspects of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on information technology, robotics, biomedical technology and environmental technologies. He has developed major new approaches in ethics of information technology, including the anticipatory technology ethics (ATE) and ethical impact assessment (EIA) approaches for assessing ethical implications of new and emerging technologies, the disclosive computer ethics approach for studying values in design, the Ethics by Design approach for AI that is being used in the EU Horizon Europe ethics review procedure (with Brandt Dainow), the ETCOM approach for ethical guidance of emerging technologies, and new approaches for studying the implications of technology for well-being. He has been the first, or amongst the first, to do thorough academic studies of the ethical implications of emerging technologies like the World Wide Web, virtual reality technology, ambient intelligence, facial recognition systems, and 3D printing.

Particular research interests of his include the ethical assessment of emerging technology, ethics of artificial intelligence and robotics, ethics of the (future) internet, ethical aspects of design, innovative approaches to research ethics, the relation between technology, culture and globalization, and the relation between technology and well-being.

Expertise

Arts & Humanities
Artifact
Philosophy Of Technology
Simulator
Well-Being
Social Sciences
Ethical Issues
Innovation
Moral Philosophy
Business & Economics
Machine Learning

Research

In his research, Philip Brey investigates ethical aspects of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on information technology, robotics, biomedical technology and environmental technologies. He has developed major new approaches in ethics of information technology, including the anticipatory technology ethics (ATE) approach for assessing ethical implications of new and emerging technologies, the disclosive computer ethics approach for studying values in design, and new approaches for studying the implications of technology for well-being. He has been the first, or amongst the first, to do thorough academic studies of the ethical implications of emerging technologies like the World Wide Web, virtual reality technology, ambient intelligence, facial recognition systems, and 3D printing. Particular research interests of his include the ethical assessment of emerging technology, ethical aspects of design, innovative approaches to research ethics, the relation between technology, culture and globalization, the relation between technology and well-being. 

 

All publications, incl. downloadable preprints, can be found on Prof. Brey's 4TU.Ethics website:  http://ethicsandtechnology.eu/member/brey_philip/

Publications

Recent
Waelen, R. , & Brey, P. A. E. (2022). Ethical Dimensions of Facial Recognition and Video Analytics in Surveillance. In M. Boylan, & W. Teays (Eds.), Ethics in the AI, Technology, and Information Age (pp. 217-231). Rowman & Littlefield.
Brey, P. (2022). Research Ethics Guidelines for the Engineering Sciences and Computer and Information Sciences. In K. Laas, M. Davis, & E. Hildt (Eds.), Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines: Emerging Technologies, Changing Fields (pp. 15-34). (International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology; Vol. 23). Springer Science + Business Media. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86201-5_2
Stahl, B. C., Andreou, A. , Brey, P., Hatzakis, T., Kirichenko, A. , Macnish, K., Laulhé Shaelou, S., Patel, A. , Ryan, M., & Wright, D. (2021). Artificial intelligence for human flourishing – Beyond principles for machine learning. Journal of business research, 124, 374-388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.11.030
Reijers, W., Wright, D. , Brey, P., Weber, K., Rodrigues, R., O’Sullivan, D., & Gordijn, B. (2018). Methods for Practising Ethics in Research and Innovation: A Literature Review, Critical Analysis and Recommendations. Science and engineering ethics, 24(5), 1437-1481. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-017-9961-8
Brey, P. A. E., Lucovics, M., & Gyurkovics, J. (2017). Science Parks as Seedbeds of Responsible Research and Innovation. In V. Kleschné Csapi, & Z. Bedo (Eds.), ICUBERD 2016 Book of Papers (pp. 93-103). University of Pécs. http://icuberd.ktk.pte.hu/sites/icuberd.ktk.pte.hu/files/mellekletek/2017/09/icuberd_book_of_papers_2016_0.pdf#overlay-context=publications
Brey, P. A. E. , Jansen, P. H., Rodrigues, R. , & Shelley Egan, C. (2017). The Ethical Assessment of Research and Innovation: A reflection on the state of the art. In R. Iphofen (Ed.), Finding Common Ground: Consensus in Research Ethics Across the Social Sciences (pp. 185-198). (Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity). Emerald Publishing Group. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S2398-601820170000001015
Brey, P. A. E. (2017). Ethics of Emerging Technologies. In S. O. Hansson (Ed.), The Ethics of Technology: Methods and Approaches (pp. 175-192). (Philosophy, Technology and Society). Rowman & Littlefield Intenational. http://ethicsandtechnology.eu/wp-content/uploads/downloadable-content/Brey-2017-Ethics-Emerging-Tech.pdf
Brey, P. (2017). Theorizing technology and its role in crime and law enforcement. In M. R. McGuire, & T. J. Holt (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice (pp. 17-34). (Routledge International Handbooks). Taylor & Francis.
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Projects

PROTECT (Marie Curie Innovative Training Network).  No website yet.

SIENNA:  http://www.sienna-project.eu/

NEWEL:  https://www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/onderzoeksprojecten/i/29/26829.html

SATORI:  http://satoriproject.eu/ 

Responsible Industry:  http://www.responsible-industry.eu/

Vici project: New Media and the Quality of Life

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 4202
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  4202
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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