The Chatbot that Uses Face Recognition

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Machine ethics researches the morality of semiautonomous and autonomous machines. The School of Business at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW realized a project for implementation of a prototype called GOODBOT, a novelty chatbot and a simple moral machine. One of its meta rules was it should not lie unless not […]

Co-robots from an Ethical Perspective

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The book chapter „Co-robots from an Ethical Perspective“ by Oliver Bendel was published in March 2018. It is included in the book „Business Information Systems and Technology 4.0“ (Springer). The abstract: „Cooperation and collaboration robots work hand in hand with their human colleagues. This contribution focuses on the use of these robots in production. The […]

Programme of AAAI Spring Symposium

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The tentative schedule of AAAI 2018 Spring Symposium on AI and Society at Stanford University (26 – 28 March 2018) has been published. On Tuesday Emma Brunskill from Stanford University, Philip C. Jackson („Toward Beneficial Human-Level AI … and Beyond“) and Andrew Williams („The Potential Social Impact of the Artificial Intelligence Divide“) will give a […]

Intimate Relationships with Robots

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In a few days the book „Love and Sex with Robots“, edited by David Levy and Adrian D. Cheok, will be published. From the information on the Springer website: „This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Third International Conference on Love and Sex with Robots, LSR 2017, held in December 2017, in London, UK. […]

Robophilosophy Conference in Vienna

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„Robophilosophy 2018 – Envisioning Robots In Society: Politics, Power, And Public Space“ is the third event in the Robophilosophy Conference Series which focusses on robophilosophy, a new field of interdisciplinary applied research in philosophy, robotics, artificial intelligence and other disciplines. The main organizers are Prof. Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh, Dr. Janina Loh and Michael Funk. Plenary […]

Machine Ethics at ISAIM

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Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel was invited to give a lecture at the ISAIM special session „Formalising Robot Ethics“. „The International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics is a biennial meeting that fosters interactions between mathematics, theoretical computer science, and artificial intelligence.“ (Website ISAIM) Oliver Bendel will present selected prototypes of moral and immoral machines and […]

Robotics Conference at the European Parliament

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The Digital Europe Working Group Conference Robotics will take place on 8 November 2017 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The keynote address will be given by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Society and Economy. The speakers of the first panel are Oliver Bendel (Professor of Information Systems, Information Ethics and Machine Ethics at […]

Electric Smell Machine

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Adrian David Cheok is director of the Mixed Reality Lab which „aims to push the boundaries of research into interactive new media technologies through the combination of technology, art, and creativity“ (Website Mixed Reality Lab). He is editor of several academic journals and of the book „Love and Sex with Robots“ (together with Kate Devlin […]

Robots in Public Spaces

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There are more and more service robots in „open“ spaces, safety and surveillance robots, transport and delivery robots, information and navigation robots and entertainment and toy robots. They are on their way in places that many of us share, and that are public. This poses various challenges. The article „Service Robots in Public Spaces: Ethical […]

Harper’s Magazine, 666 Broadway

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Harper’s Magazine, ansässig in New York, 666 Broadway, hat Herman Melvilles „Moby Dick“ ebenso besprochen wie die neuesten Entdeckungen von Thomas Edison. Auch den Frauenrechten hat man sich immer wieder gewidmet. Winston Churchill und Theodore Roosevelt schrieben Beiträge für die berühmte Zeitschrift. In einer Selbsteinschätzung auf der Website heißt es: „Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest […]

The LADYBIRD Project

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The LADYBIRD project starts in March 2017. More and more autonomous and semi-autonomous machines make decisions that have moral implications. Machine ethics as a discipline examines the possibilities and limits of moral machines. In this context, Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel developed various design studies and thus submitted proposals for their appearance and functions. He focused […]

About Sex Robots and Love Dolls

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Inverse is an American online magazine, launched by Dave Nemetz, co-founder of Bleacher Report. It is based in San Francisco, California. According to the New York Observer, Inverse „aims to capture the millennial dude market with quirky takes on subjects like tech, games (video and board) and space“ (Observer, October 20, 2015). Gabe Bergado asked […]

Podiumsdiskussion über täuschende Maschinen

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„Should we develop robots that deceive?“ Diese Frage diskutierten Ron Arkin (Georgia Tech), Oliver Bendel (Hochschule für Wirtschaft FHNW), Jaap Hage (Universiteit Maastricht) und Mojca Plesnicar (Inštitut za kriminologijo pri Pravni fakulteti v Ljubljani) auf dem Podium der Konferenz „Machine Ethics and Machine Law“. Ron Arkin forschte wiederholt für das Pentagon an Robotern, die Maschinen […]

Machine Ethics and Machine Law

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Die Konferenz „Machine Ethics and Machine Law“ am 18. und 19. November in Krakau dürfte nach dem Symposium „Ethical and Moral Considerations in Non-Human Agents“ (21. – 23. März in Stanford) die wichtigste internationale Konferenz für Maschinenethik im Jahre 2016 sein. Die Keynotes am 19. November stammen von Ron Arkin („Lethal Autonomous Robots and the Plight […]

Comments on Ethical and Legal Issues

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Prior to the hearing in the Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany on 22 June 2016 from 4 – 6 pm, the contracted experts had sent their written comments on ethical and legal issues with respect to the use of robots and artificial intelligence. The video for the hearing can be accessed via www.bundestag.de/dokumente/textarchiv/2016/kw25-pa-digitale-agenda/427996. […]

NWO Responsible Innovation Programme

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Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel from the School of Business FHNW will act as an external reviewer for The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, the Dutch Research Council) and will assess the merits of a research proposal submitted under the NWO Responsible Innovation programme. The aim of this multidisciplinary programme is to explore the ethical […]

Cyber-Human Systems

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In these days, the Hasler Foundation presents the new research program „Cyber-Human Systems“, with a budget of 5 millions Swiss francs. Some information from the website: „Computing plays an ever increasing role in all aspects of our life. As a consequence, society and information technology continuously interact and influence each other in a complex process. […]

Considerations in Non-Human Agents

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The proceedings of the AAAI conference 2016 have been published in March 2016 („The 2016 AAAI Spring Symposium Series: Technical Reports“). The symposium „Ethical and Moral Considerations in Non-Human Agents“ was dedicated to the discipline of machine ethics. Ron Arkin (Georgia Institute of Technology), Luís Moniz Pereira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Peter Asaro (New School […]

Tagungsband zur Maschinenethik

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Im März 2016 ist der Proceedingsband „The 2016 AAAI Spring Symposium Series: Technical Reports“ erschienen, in der AAAI Press (Palo Alto 2016). Die KI-Konferenz fand an der Stanford University statt. Zur Maschinenethik (Symposium „Ethical and Moral Considerations in Non-Human Agents“) referierten u.a. Ron Arkin (Georgia Institute of Technology), Luís Moniz Pereira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), […]

Assistenzsysteme helfen Tieren

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Am 9. Oktober 2014 ist der Artikel „Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Animals“ von Oliver Bendel in der Zeitschrift Künstliche Intelligenz erschienen. Im Abstract heißt es: „Advanced driver assistance systems are widely used. Some support and inform the driver. Others relieve him or her of certain tasks – and transform the human-guided system into a […]