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Think & Drink | How everyday technology invades the battlefield

Mark Voskuijl, Jacco Hoekstra

Who bears the responsibility when everyday technology ends up shaping conflicts around the world?

From videogame controllers to consumer drones, many conflicts around the world are seeing widespread use of consumer technologies in the context of combat. These uses are often unintended by the original inventors, creating an ethical dilemma: if technology you created can inadvertently be used in war, who holds the responsibility?

In this edition of Think & Drink with ASIMOV, we invite experts, researchers, teachers and students to exchange their views. The focal point: To critically discuss the influence that innovation has on the conflicts around the world.

Mark Voskuijl is full professor of weapon and aviation systems at the Netherlands Defence Academy. An alumnus of TU Delft, he has previously held a position as assistant professor in Flight Mechanics and Propulsion at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Jacco Hoekstra is professor of Communication, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. He has previously held the positions of Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft and chair of the Control and Operations  Department.

Think and Drink

In this quarterly event, Asimov, the Cognitive Robotics research group and Studium Generale are teaming up to engage with ethical conundrums in an informal setting. We invite researchers, philosophers and ethicists to share their views on an ethical issue in robotics and invite you to join us over a pint with your insights and inquiry. The first drink is on us and a snack is provided!


Nov 17 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Orange Room, TU Delft Library
Prometheusplein 1, 2628 ZC Delft
Studium Generale


Studium Generale