Weiwen Duan

Weiwen Duan

Professor; 2020-2021 Berggruen China Center Fellow

Biography

Duan Weiwen is the Director and Professor of the Department of Philosophy of Science and Technology in the Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Duan also directs of the Research Center for Science, Technology and Society atCASS. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Central China Normal University, and a Master of Philosophy and PhD degree in Philosophy of Science and Technology from Renmin University of China. He specializes in philosophy of science and philosophy of information technology. His recent focus is on the philosophical, ethical and social research of big data and AI. He was a visiting scholar in Oxford University, Colorado School of Mines, and University of Pittsburgh. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society and Journal of Responsible Innovation, and he is one of the deputy chairmen of the Committee of Big Data Experts of China. He is the chief researcher of “Philosophical Studies on Intelligence Revolution and Deepening Techno-scientific of Human Being (2017-2022)”. He is the author of several books, including The Ethical Foundation of Information Civilization (2020, Shanghai People’s Press), Acceptable Science: Reflection on the Foundation of Contemporary Science (2014, Science and Technology Press of China), Ethical Reflection on Cyberspace (2002, Jiangsu People’s Publishing House), and Truss up Time: Technology and Life World (2001, Guangdong Education Publishing House), etc.

At Berggruen, Duan will focus on ethical issues around facial recognition technology development and implementation. He will approach the topic based on how China could learn from other societies’ attitudes on the technology, and based on China’s own cultural and philosophical background, he plans to lead the effort of drafting a comprehensive report. He works closely with academics and industries in the field.

段伟文,中国社科院哲学所科技哲学研究室主任、研究员,中国社科院科学技术和社会研究中心主任,中国社科院大学特聘教授;先后获得华中师范大学物理学学士、中国人民大学科技哲学硕士、博士。主要研究领域为科学哲学、信息技术哲学,近年来关注大数据与人工智能的哲学、伦理和社会研究;曾赴牛津大学、科罗拉多矿业大学、匹兹堡大学访问研究;现任国际期刊社会中的信息、通信与伦理杂志负责任创新杂志编委,中国大数据专家委员会副主任委员;主持多项社科基金研究项目,目前为国家社科基金重大项目“智能革命与人类深度科技化前景的哲学研究”首席专家,著有《信息文明的伦理基础》(2020)、《可接受的科学:当代科学基础的反思》(2014)、《网络空间的伦理反思》(2002)、《被捆绑的时间:技术与人的生活世界》(2001)等。