ComplexEthics: Perception and orientation tool for the ethical, anthropological, sociological and informatic evaluation of complex socio-technical arrangements in a digitalized living world.

Constructors in complex, digitally networked worlds face orientation problems. The project aims at empirically and analytically elaborating orientation knowledge for interpreting, evaluating and acting and bundling it into an orientation tool.

The project is based on the hypothesis that the already recognizable or expected shape of digitally networked worlds in their complexity will challenge all people to an increased degree, be it in terms of orientation knowledge, the ability to act or self-reflexivity. Currently applied models of ethical reflection refer almost exclusively to interactions between humans (or humans and animals) or simple human-machine interactions and their evaluation and are not sufficient to adequately grasp and evaluate the complex interaction relationships between humans and digitized technological worlds. Therefore, a new ethical framework for reflection is necessary to provide orientation and to sharpen the ability to judge. Empirically, the project investigates interaction problems occurring in the case study areas of Virtual Reality, Virtual Personal Assistant and Digital Care and Medicine in relation to interaction expectations inscribed in the technology.

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