Mapping: TECHNOLIFE

The TECHNOLIFE project will develop new ethical frameworks to address ethical concerns of Europeans in relation to three technological fields: ICTs, Geographical Imaging Systems and converging technologies to enhance the human body. It will supply valuable insights on how issues of ethical concern to groups, publics and citizens can be considered in EC policy in the three technological fields. We propose a novel approach to the research on ethical frameworks, using the concept of imagined communities as a way of getting to ethical concerns in ways that do not unduly suppress their complexity, heterogeneity and communicatively challenging character.
The emphasis on information, communication and perception enhancing technologies is appropriate since they transform the very meaning of human sociability, identity, communication and community in ways that pose great challenges to ethical theory and ethics for policy. Dominant imaginaries, ethical concerns and broad technological developments will be described deploying insights from a number of disciplines. These will be fed into an online database where they will be used for deliberation by a number of invited participants from concerned groups and publics. The results of the process will be analysed and interpreted to identify central imaginaries and their related arguments and viewpoints among the relevant groups. The main goal of TECHNOLIFE is to develop new ways to improve the participation in debating about ethical, legal, economic, social and environmental impacts of new technologies such as biometrics.

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Annexe 1.1: Scoping Futures (1/7)

Aims and Objectives

Q1: What are the aims of the study? Please refer to the stated aims in the proposal or the description of the project (website or other presentation). Aims are changes/transformations to be achieved as a result of the study. How would you describe the relevance of the following options to the aims of the study?

Thematic Area Relevance
To transform capacities and skills
To transform paradigms and current visions
To transform socio-economic and STI systems
To transform behaviour, attitudes and lifestyles
* = none/very low
** = low
*** = moderate
**** = high
***** = very high
STI = science, technology and innovation

Q2: What are the objectives of the study? Objectives are desired targets contributing toward the achievement of the aims.

Here you can map up to five project objectives (as they appear in the documents/websites) and use a scale of 1 to 5 to assess the objectives relevancy for EU / Your country.
Relevant for EU / Your country
EU Y/C
1

Objective 1: Provide descriptions of ethical issues of concern to European communities (citizens and civil societies) in relation to the three technological fields

5 5
2

Objective 2: Develop methods to represent social imaginaries relating to ethical issues of the three technological fields to end-users at early stages of S&T and policy development.

5 5
3

Objective 3: Develop ethical frameworks that can be used to take better account of the ethical concerns and social imaginaries in the three technological fields

5 5
4

Objective 4: Develop a methodology for a web portal open to end-users to organize deliberation of ethical issues in activities of forecasting relating to the above mentioned technologies

5 5
5

Objective 5: Provide recommendations and documentation on a generic methodology and webbased solution for similar use relating to other technologies

5 5
1 = none/very low
2 = low
3 = moderate
4 = high
5 = very high

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