Schlagworte: Robots

Intimate Relationships with Robots

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. The 12 revised papers presented together with 2 keynotes were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 83 submissions. One of the biggest challenges of the Love and Sex with Robots conference is to engage a wider scientific community in the discussions of the multifaceted topic, which has only recently established itself as an academic research topic within, but not limited to, the disciplines of artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, robotics, biomedical science and robot ethics etc.” Included are contributions by Oliver Bendel (“SSML for Sex Robots”), Sophie Wennerscheid (“Posthuman desire in robotics and science fiction”) and Dr. Rebekah Rousi (“Lying cheating robots – robots and infidelity”). The book can be pre-ordered via Already on the market is the book with the same title, which contains the contributions of the LSR 2016 at Goldsmiths.

Fig.: The cover of the new book (photo: Springer)

Robots in Public Spaces

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 and Sociological Considerations” by Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel (School of Business, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW) addresses these challenges – from the moral and social points of view – and proposes solutions, among other things on the ethical, technical and organizational level, as well as offering assistance for roboticists and for legislative and political instances. The article was published in Telepolis (25 June 2017). It is Oliver Bendel’s twelfth contribution since 2008 in Germany’s oldest online magazine (founded in 1996).

Fig.: The K5 robot can be seen in Stanford


EPFL und NCCR Robotics laden am 20. April 2013 zum sechsten Mal zum FESTIVAL DE ROBOTIQUE ein. Das Motto lautet “Dans les étoiles!” – eine Hommage an die Roboter und den Weltraum. Mit Spannung werden die Veranstaltungen “Coupe Roberta 2013″ und “Grand Concours Robopoly” erwartet. Und die bunten, hübschen Astropoden, die laut Website von den Sternen kommen und sich wackelnd vorwärts bewegen. Nach ihrer Reise durch das Universum und fern der Heimat werden sich diese Roboter, so die Annahme der Veranstalter, einsam fühlen. Die Besucher sollen ihnen deshalb ein neues Zuhause bauen, mit Hindernissen, Durchgängen und Tunneln. Man wird sehen, wie sich die Astropoden dort zurechtfinden. Neben ihnen gibt es weitere faszinierende Roboter, mit denen man kommunizieren und interagieren kann. Dabei kann man sie auch in moralischer Hinsicht auf die Probe stellen und überprüfen, ob sie Anforderungen genügen, wie sie in der Maschinenethik formuliert werden. Das Festival findet an der École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL in Lausanne statt. Weitere Informationen über

Abb.: Astropoden (Quelle:; mit freundlicher Genehmigung des EPFL)

Towards a Machine Ethics

Am 15. März 2013 trägt Oliver Bendel bei der European TA Conference in Prag zum Thema “Towards a Machine Ethics” vor. Das Abstract, das im Frühjahr im Tagungsband veröffentlicht wird, hebt mit den Worten an: “There is an increasing use of autonomous machines such as agents, chatbots, algorithmic trading computers, robots of different stripes and unmanned ground or air vehicles. They populate the modern world like legendary figures and artificial creatures in Greek mythology – with the main difference being that they are real in the narrow sense of the word. Some are only partially autonomous (acting under human command) while others are completely autonomous within their area of action. A genuinely autonomous machine should be able to act in a moral way, able to make decisions that are good for humans, animals and the environment. But what does it mean for machines to behave morally? Should they learn moral rules? Should they evaluate the consequences of their acts? Or should they become a virtuous character, following Aristotle? How is it possible to implement the classical normative models of ethics and is there a need for new ones?” Der erste, zweite und dritte Abschnitt des Beitrags wird knapp zusammengefasst; dann wird auf den vierten eingegangen: “Fourthly, the paper tries to answer the question if and how it is possible to implement the classical normative models of ethics and which models should be preferred. Seven important normative approaches are described and estimated relating to their suitability for machine processing. Then the focus shifts to duty-based ethics, ethics of responsibility and virtue ethics that seem to be serious candidates. With a short technical analysis it can be shown that they fit to machine processing, apart from some limitations. The most promising approach may be the combination of the selected normative models. It is not only similar in the ‘normal’ human ethics, but also an opportunity to balance out weaknesses of the autonomous machines and to allow them alternatives. In addition, other methods like orientation on reference persons and social media evaluation could be used.” Am Ende werden Wichtigkeit und Schwierigkeit des jungen Forschungsgebiets der Maschinenethik gleichermaßen betont und persönliche und allgemeine Einschätzungen gegeben.