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Jilles Smids is a PhD candidate in the ethics of persuasive technology at the section of Philosophy and Ethics. He studied chemistry at Utrecht University and taught chemistry (and some philosophy classes) at a secondary school level for seven and a half years. Meanwhile he studied philosophy at Utrecht University. In his Bachelor’s he focused on epistemology and philosophy of science. During his Master’s, he moved to meta-ethics, with a particular interest in moral psychology. In November 2011, Smids finished his master’s thesis on the 'philosophy and ethics of persuasive technology'.   Currently, he works on the NWO project “Persuasive Technology, Allocation of Control, and Social Values”. Within this interdisciplinary project, comprising the fields of mechanical engineering, psychology and philosophy, he addresses the moral issues that arise when persuasive technology is used

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accident Social Sciences
moral philosophy Social Sciences
scenario Social Sciences
decision making Social Sciences
programming Social Sciences
uncertainty Social Sciences
responsibility Social Sciences
Philosophy Arts & Humanities

Projects 2009 2019

Working ‘with’ or ‘against’ the machine? Optimizing human-robot collaboration in logistic warehouses

Jansen, R., Jansen, R., Nyholm, S., Nyholm, S., Gerrits, E., Vereggen - Tielemans, T., Vereggen - Tielemans, T. & Smids, J.


Project: Research direct

Persuasive technology allocation of control, and social values

Zaitouni, R., Spahn, A., Sartorius - ter Haar, M., Dohmen, R., Dohmen, R. & Smids, J.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2011 2019

  • 62 Citations
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Report
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

Is being "paid to endure" compatible with autonomy? Paid research participation and five (rather than four) goods of work

Smids, J. & Nyholm, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : American Journal of Bioethics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Automated cars meet human drivers: responsible human-robot coordination and the ethics of mixed traffic

Nyholm, S. & Smids, J., 27 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Ethics and Information Technology. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Railroad cars
moral philosophy

Persuasive technology, allocation of control, and mobility : an ethical analysis

Smids, J., 13 Mar 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 219 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

The moral case for intelligent speed adaptation

Smids, J., 1 May 2018, In : Journal of Applied Philosophy. 35, 2, p. 205-221 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Road Safety
40 Citations (Scopus)

The ethics of accident-algorithms for self-driving cars: an applied trolley problem?

Nyholm, S. R. & Smids, J., 1 Nov 2016, In : Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 19, 5, p. 1275–1289 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
moral philosophy
decision making