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The Apéro Philo Series

research areas

Digital Ethics
Innovation
Technology & Society

timeframe

2023 - 2023

The Apéro Philo Series events are designed to be periodic gatherings for those who are interested in digital ethics to meet and discuss pressing issues related to technology, digitalization, and society in a systematic and argumentative way.

Unlike formal academic settings, such as conferences or seminars, Apéro Philo facilitates discussions in a more relaxed, friendly, and inclusive environment, which gives more space for creativity and networking. Meanwhile, unlike informal social settings, such as lunch or tea breaks, Apéro Philo hosts discussions of a philosophical and thought-provoking nature. This can help researchers and students to engage in interdisciplinary scholarly exchanges, and to enhance their reasoning and public speaking skills.

Our vision is to establish a flagship activity for the DSI Ethics Community to gain sustained and long-lasting competitiveness. It is open to DSI faculty and community members, as well as UZH researchers and students. We aspire to create such an enabling space as an incubator for new project ideas and future collaborations across the DSI.

Format

To achieve these goals, we plan to organize periodic events with predefined thematic topics, followed with a small Apéro. The events will take place at the DSI, and in collaboration with other DSI research and education vessels. The discussions can develop in any direction as long as they are aligned with the event themes and are conveyed with well-structured argumentations.

Sample topics

  • Can and should robots and chatbots be human-like?
  • What is digital well-being and is it actually beneficial to us?
  • Why are urban use of flying robots controversial and what are the concerns of citizens?
  • What makes the implementation of scientific breakthroughs, such as geo-engineering or bio-engineering techniques, challenging from an ethical perspective?
  • How can the tech industry be better prepared for an increasing demand from society to design and develop “ethical technologies”?