As a cultural sociologist I investigate the ethical roles and moral meanings of authenticity, autonomy and imperfection in the context of emerging medical and digital technologies. My research on the authenticity ethics of ‘being true to yourself’ in the context of mental health medications resulted in a peer-reviewed publication and annual guest lecture for the Sociology mastercourse “Medicalization, Healthcare and Social Control” (University of Groningen). I am currently merging my previous and present research activities in a PhD research on authenticity and artificial (un)intelligence at the University of Twente.

Due to society’s preoccupation with AI and robots becoming more human-like, have we come to overlook an important, inverse question: in what ways are humans and societies becoming more robotic?

authenticity / emerging technologies / (digital) culture
I consider my previous jobs in healthcare and social welfare as an important source of experience and knowledge on social complexity. I have investigated cultural ideals of authenticity in the following contexts:
• Medicalization (University of Amsterdam, 2011 – 2012)
• Cosmetic surgery (Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology, 2013 – 2016)
• Social robotics (Erasmus University, department Medical ethics and Philosophy, 2017)
• Digital algorithms (Medialab SETUP, 2018 – current)
• Human | Machine complementarity (Medialab SETUP, 2019 – current)
• Artificial Intelligence (University of Twente, 2019 – current)

• Writing: currently SETUP reads, Vrij Nederland & Hard//hoofd
• Demystifying AI and emerging digital technologies
• Understanding ethical debates on emerging technologies and contributing to these debates
• Critical thinking

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