Virginia Tech launches ‘Tech for Humanity’ to ensure technologies are in service to humanity
Technology once seemed the exclusive domain of technical experts. Today, though, some of the greatest technology challenges involve ethics, policy, culture, and politics.
In response, Virginia Tech has launched Tech for Humanity, a university-wide initiative that will take human-centered approaches to address the societal impact and governance of technological innovations.
“Networks of humans and machines are informing our decisions and improving our lives at home, on the highway, at work, and at play,” said Tim Sands, president of the university, in announcing the initiative. “As Virginia Tech and partners create these technologies, we have the responsibility and the opportunity to do so from the perspective of the human condition, addressing issues of design, access, ethics, policy, and regulation along with the development of the technology.”
Tech for Humanity will touch all of Virginia Tech’s nine colleges and a range of centers and institutes across the university’s campuses in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Northern Virginia. This breadth of expertise matches the range of issues involved, including ethics, responsible innovation, human-factor design, creativity, data and decision-making, global collaboration, economics, societal values, and sustainability.
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