Design Thinking Approach to Ethical (Responsible) Technological Innovation

Forthcoming, Nathan, G. (2017). Design Thinking Approach to Ethical (Responsible) Technological Innovation, In: Responsible Research and Innovation: From Concepts to Practices, (eds.) R. Gianni, J. Pearson and B. Reber, Routledge.

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Ganesh Nathan

Business School Lausanne (BSL)

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

There is growing interest and importance for responsible research and innovation (RRI) among academic scholars and policy makers, especially, in relation to emerging technologies such as nanotechnology. It is also to be noted that, although the design thinking approach has been around since 1960s, there is renewed interest in this approach to innovation with an increasing number of related publications over the last couple of decades. Furthermore, it is currently introduced in a number of schools and community projects. However, there is a gap in bridging design thinking approach to RRI and this chapter attempts to address this need.

This chapter aims to show that design thinking approach is potentially conducive to ethical (responsible) technological innovation especially within emerging and converging technologies, due to its emphasis on human-centered design and other core attributes such as empathy - although it poses many challenges to implement.

Keywords: Design Thinking Approach, Technological Innovation and Ethics, Machine Ethics, Artificial Moral Agents

Suggested Citation

Nathan, Ganesh, Design Thinking Approach to Ethical (Responsible) Technological Innovation (2016). Forthcoming, Nathan, G. (2017). Design Thinking Approach to Ethical (Responsible) Technological Innovation, In: Responsible Research and Innovation: From Concepts to Practices, (eds.) R. Gianni, J. Pearson and B. Reber, Routledge., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3015552

Ganesh Nathan (Contact Author)

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