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Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies

ESDiT is a 10-year long international research programme of 7 academic institutions. We work on breakthrough research at the intersections of ethics, philosophy, technology, engineering and social sciences.

What We DoWho We Are

Our 3 Focal Points

New digital technologies

robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, blockchain, social media, and quantum computing

Bio- and brain technologies

gene editing, gene drives, synthetic biology, neurotechnology, advanced medical and food technologies, and technologies for human enhancement

Environmental & sustainable technologies

energy technologies, water technologies, recycling and other technologies for the circular economy, climate engineering, and bio-based and low-carbon technologies

Collaboration &
Knowledge exchange

The ESDiT programme is open to collaboration with other academic researchers, technology developers, policy makers & civil society organizations. We share relevant information and research results with media, education  & general public stakeholders.

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Our Latest Publications

The latest publications by ESDiT researchers:

Not Relational Enough? Towards an Eco-Relational Approach in Robot Ethics

Puzio, Anna

Not Relational Enough? Towards an Eco-Relational Approach in Robot Ethics Journal Article

In: Philosophy & Technology, vol. 37, iss. 2, pp. 45, 2024, ISBN: 2210-5441.

Links | BibTeX

What is conceptual disruption?

Marchiori, Samuela; Scharp, Kevin

What is conceptual disruption? Journal Article

In: Ethics and Information Technology, vol. 26, iss. 1, pp. 18, 2024, ISSN: 1572-8439.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Latest News & Media appearances

News from the ESDIT programme + media appearances by our researchers:

CEET Webinar “AI & Emotions”: recording

Practicing Ethics: Marcel Verweij inaugural lecture at the University of Utrecht

Practicing Ethics: Marcel Verweij inaugural lecture at the University of Utrecht

Conceptual Engineering for Emerging Technologies New Webinar Series

Conceptual Engineering for Emerging Technologies New Webinar Series

The ESDIT podcast

Interviews with, and by, scholars affiliated with the research consortium Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies. The ESDiT podcast showcases ongoing research of various junior and senior scholars active in contemporary technology ethics.

Our Next Event

We regularly organize academic events and events with stakeholders, such as:

Away Days 2024

Start date: June 20, 2024
End date: June 21, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: TBA
Academic event | Internal ESDIT event
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This event is only accessible for ESDiT fellows.