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Dr. Martin Sand is an Assistant Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology at TU Delft. In 2020, he was a member of the NIAS-Lorentz theme group on “Accountable and Explainable Medical AI” at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. Before, he undertook a two-year project on the topic “Moral Luck in Science and Innovation” as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Fellow. Martin obtained his PhD (summa cum laude) in 2018 with a thesis on “Futures, Visions, and Responsibility-An Ethics of Innovation,” which was completed at the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS). He is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice and an editorial board member of the journal Philosophy of Management. His work received several prizes and fellowships. 

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The uncertainties and challenges that surround emerging technologies genuinely intrigue me and form the central concern of and motivation behind my research on responsibility, futures and utopianism. In my previous work, I delineated different meanings of responsibility and analyzed how their attribution is challenged by luck. This theoretical philosophical groundwork has been applied to topical debates in RRI and medical technologies. I have advanced the ideas of “vision assessment” and “hermeneutic TA” and defended their extension with a form of visioneering assessment, which I applied to various bioethical debates (including: ageing, medical AI, vaccination). Currently, I investigate the status and value of digital utopias and the notion of moral progress in engineering ethics education. As a teacher, I aim to empower my colleagues in their role as educators and create an inclusive atmosphere in the classroom.

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    Gutierrez, A., Dols Perez, A., Bae, D., Sahoo, H., Wang, W., Lam, K. L., Raimondo, A., Steffelbauer, D. B., Lesne, E. L., Ragno, E., Amador, G. J., Šiaudinyte, L., Sand, M., Robinson Garcia, N., Abil, Z., Purkarthofer, E., Noardo, F., Tasić, J. K., Marin, L., Angeloni, L., loddo, M., Stockill, R. H. J., Franklin, S. W., Hensen, B. J., Dennis, M. J., Afroza Islam, S. T., Kim, T., Manzaneque Garcia, T., Tiringer, U., Marques Penha, F., Esteban Jurado, C., Timmermans, E., McCrum, I. T., Pool, F., Forn-Cuní, G., Will, G., Barrett, H. E., Everett, J. A. C., Kostenzer, J., Luksenburg, J., Hirvasniemi, J., Desai, J., Ruibal, P., Albury, N. J., March, R., Eichengreen, A., Muok, A. R., Cochrane, A., Ravesteijn, B., Riumalló Herl, C. J., Meeusen, C., Biaggi, C., Granger, C., Cecil, C., Fosch Villaronga, E., Sánchez López, E. S., Loehrer, E., da Costa Gonçalves, F., Giardina, F., Wu, H., Gleitz, H. & Khatri, I.

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