Salon Berlin: Ethics and the Life Cycles of IoT

Join us for a ThingsCon Salon in Berlin on May 6th to explore two of the more tricky aspects of IoT: The ethics of how to make better products, and the lifecycle of these electronic products.

Together with three experts in their fields we’ll tackle two of the more tricky aspects of IoT: The ethics involved in making connected products, and the lifecycle of these electronic products.

The speakers:

Ester Fritsch is a PhD Fellow at the VIRT-EU research project. Based on her PhD research she will explore what ethics mean in relation to IoT development. Ester holds an M.A. in Anthropology from The University of Copenhagen. Her research engages with complex ethical configurations that embrace laws, policy, humans, plants, technologies, data and other influences. She is curious towards how ethics emerges through relational practices unfolding in such hazy intertwinements indicating that ethics might not solely be a human affair, but a more than human matter. For the past five years Ester has explored this through empirical and conceptual inquiries into climate change, energy and agriculture in Denmark and Italy. As a PhD fellow in VIRT-EU she now seeks to understand how ethics is cultivated and circulated in European IoT ecologies and delves into how ethics is enacted among IoT developers as ethical subjects in continuous becoming.  

Dr. Isabel Ordonez & Chris Adams will be digging into some juicy issues of the circular economy and look at the life cycle from a material and industrial design point of view. Follow Isabel and Chris on Twitter.

>>> Doors open 6:00 with drinks & time for mingling, program kicks off at 6:30. Should you get lost, ping us on Twitter (@thingscon). We’ll wrap up by around 8pm.<<<

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