Value-sensitive design of unmanned aerial systems: Using action research to bridge the theory-practice gap

Tabitha Andersen, Dylan Cawthorne

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Abstract

What happens when an engineer attempts to address the value-neutral paradigm and the holistic deficits in engineering science? This paper sets out to account for the interplay between an unmanned aerial system engineer acting as a "champion" of value sensitive design (VSD) and their more objectivist research organization. Action research methods are used by the authors in an attempt to implement VSD in a real-world research organization and thereby bridge the theory-practice gap. Primary empirical data are collected which indicate the engineer has internalized and often utilizes a VSD approach. Both barriers and catalysts to wider adoption of VSD within the organization are experienced, and recommendations for overcoming paradigmatic, strategic, structural, and cultural barriers are addressed. This work demonstrates how action research can be used to shift engineering away from a value-neutral paradigm towards the value-sensitive approach advocated by the authors.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Technoethics
Vol/bind12
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)17-34
ISSN1947-3451
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1. jul. 2021

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