Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings at the Institute for Ethics in Technology! This page features timely updates on new research findings, publications, awards, and event highlights. You'll also find general news relevant to the ethics and technology community. Whether it's a breakthrough in one of our core research themes or an announcement about upcoming talks and conferences, keep this page bookmarked to never miss an important update from the institute.

Sustainability Dialogue

17 November 2023. We are excited to share that Prof. Dr. Maximilian Kiener from our Institute for Ethics in Technology will be a featured participant in the 16th Mercedes-Benz Sustainability Dialogue on 22 November 2023. The panel at this event features an impressive line-up of experts in the field of technology governance, AI policy, and corporate sustainability:

  • Lajla Fetic, Tech Governance and Digital Policy, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • Tatjana Evas, Legal and Policy Officer, Artificial Intelligence policy development and coordination, European Commission (DG CNECT)
  • Maximilian Kiener, Junior-Professor Philosophy and Ethics in Technology, Hamburg University of Technology
  • Renata Jungo Brüngger, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG. Integrity, Governance & Sustainability
  • Matthias Schneider, Vice President IT RD, Security & Data, Mercedes-Benz AG

This event provides a platform for vital conversations on ethics in technology and sustainability in our rapidly evolving world. For those unable to attend in person, a live stream will be available on the Mercedes-Benz Group website: Sustainability Dialogue 2023. Join us for this insightful and forward-thinking dialogue.

New Podcast Episode on the Ethics of AI!

16 November 2023. We are excited to announce the release of a new episode of "Trust Issues", the engaging podcast series by ZVKI (Centre for Trustworthy AI). In this latest episode, our very own Maximilian Kiener discusses how AI models increasingly impact critical societal domains and the paradox of tech companies scaling back their ethics teams. This episode also dives into how AI and ethics can coexist effectively, examines the concept of a 'responsibility gap', and explores ways to address it. Don't miss out on this thought-provoking discussion. Listen to the episode here: Episode Link.

Publication of Routledge Handbook

07 November 2023. We are delighted to announce the publication of the "Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Responsibility", edited by Maximilian Kiener. This comprehensive handbook features sections on the history, theory, and practice of responsibility, spanning from Aristotle's insights into legal responsibility to contemporary discussions on the governance of artificial intelligence. Enriched by the contributions of over 40 leading scholars from around the world, this volume offers a rich and diverse exploration of responsibility across various domains. Find the book here.