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Learning by doing – a practical approach to integrate ethical and societal tools in quantum-innovation

Tuesday 18 October 2022
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333 CA Leiden
De Sitterzaal

Quantum computing promises to solve great societal and economic challenges – to find solutions to climate change, discover new compounds used as medicine, optimize the allocation of job resources, or improve financial models. On the other hand, quantum computers also pose ethical and societal challenges related to communication and privacy, inequality, and accessibility to the technology.

In order to take the societal and ethical impact of quantum technologies into account we have to consider these aspects already at the beginning of the innovation process. Therefore, we have developed various practical methodologies like mapping tools and (theatrical) roleplays aiming at integrating ethical and societal context in quantum- and nanotechnology research and education. In my presentation I will discuss our approach, reflect on the development and use of such tools, and on how to integrate them in the innovation process. 

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