Programme colloquia Department of Philosophy 2016/2017

All colloquia are open to those who are interested.

Next colloquium:

date/time: Thu, October 27, 2016, 15.45 – 17.15h

venue: C238 - CUB

lecturer: Rafael Capurro (International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE)


title: Ethical Issues of Humanoid-Human Interaction.

abstract: The aim of this contribution is to analyze ethical issues of humanoid-human interaction in contrast to human-human interplay. In the introduction the question about the nature of the artificial based on the research by Massimo Negrotti lays the ground for the difference between humanoids and humans. The first part deals with a historical overview of the concept of human intelligence and humanoids in the context of art and labour. Looking at humanoids in the context of art does not make unreasonable to predict that humanoids will loose their aura created in movies and novels and become part of everyday life in the 21st century. Humanoids in the context of labour takes us to seminal texts of Western thought, particularly from Aristotle's analysis of the nature of slaves and servants as being replaceable by non living instruments. A quote commented by Karl Marx in the context of his Political Economy becoming an important topic in the present debate about labour and robotics in the digital era. The second part deals with ethical issues of humanoid-human interaction as different from the human-human interplay. The ethical task concerning humanoid-human interaction is to raise the awareness of this ethical difference learning to see and evaluate how far and in which contexts and situations the algorithms guiding the actions of humanoids can make sense or not for the human agents and patients. This task is explained with examples from the field of health care. Descriptive and normative ethical issues of robotics and humanoids are embedded in cultural traditions of which an example is given with regard to the ongoing discussions on roboethics in Japan.

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Upcoming colloquia: Thu, November 24, 2016, 15.45h – 17.15h, Anke Oerlemans