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In this lecture Prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek will offer a broad philosophical perspective on human-technology relationships. He will connect current discussions in philosophy of technology with practices of urban planning, design and policymaking. Prof. Verbeek will argue that we need to broaden the perspectives from which we look at the influence of the digital domain on the analogue city and bring ethical considerations to the centre of the smart city and citizens debate.

Peter-Paul Verbeek (°1970) is professor of Philosophy of Technology and co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, and aims to contribute to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. He is a member of UNESCO – COMEST (World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology) and several specialized Councils and Centres.