How Art Can Contribute to Ethical Reflection on Risky Technologies

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Current debates about risky technologies such as robotics and biotechnology are usually quite heated and end up in stalemates, due to the scientific and moral complexities of these risks. In this essay Sabine Roeser examines the role that works of art can play in such debates. Recently, artists have become involved with risky technologies; this is what Roeser calls ‘techno-art’. Roeser argues that, by prompting emotions, techno-art helps to make abstract problems concrete, explore new scenarios, challenge the imagination, and broaden narrow personal perspectives. She also discusses the possible challenges for techno-art, such as how to preserve the non-instrumental nature of art while playing a role in public debates, and how to do so in a meaningfulway.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Art of Ethics in the Information Society
EditorsLiisa Janssens
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Electronic)978 90 4853 515 6
ISBN (Print)978 94 6298 449 3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • risk
  • technology
  • art
  • emotion
  • ethics

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