The IZEW carries out the subproject "Social, ethical and legal aspects of mixed reality in the context of health technologies and the possibilities of participatory technology development". This project addresses societal and ethical issues arising from research in and about the Living Labs. (An assignment for a legal opinion will be awarded for the processing of the legal aspects.)
There are 4 main focuses:
- Research Ethical Analyzes: These include questions about the ethical issues raised by research in the two Living Labs. Important topics in this focus are possible tensions between the interests of researchers and those of the subjects, the societal demands on technology design, social goals and framework conditions; the autonomy of the subjects as well as inclusion and exclusion mechanisms.
- Technology Assessment: The central question whether users accept a new technology is broadened by the normative question whether the technology is adequately designed for the individual and society from an ethical perspective. Here, the research concentrates on a form of technology assessment of the investigated technologies: to this end, different technological futures are designed and reflected on their compatibility with an individually good life. In addition, difficulties in the human-technology interaction are analyzed.
- Participatory research and co-design: It is being researched to what extent the HIVE-Lab can meet or fulfill the basic requirements of a substantial participatory research. In which areas can it make sense to "try out" technologies not only on test persons, but also to include test persons in the design of research and technology? Since non-scientists are involved as co-investigators in this concept, the question of patronage and expertise must be reflexted. This goes hand in hand with the need for an analysis of the knowledge resources produced by such cooperation.
- Integration of external ELSI partners: The Living Labs may become a. used by external project associations that themselves handle ELSI topics. In addition to the project-internal integration, the ELSI partners of these project networks will also be coordinated.
Funding Period: 01.12.2018 until 30.11.2021
Funding Code: 16SV8185