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My interview on killer robots on the New Scientist

I have been interviewed by the New Scientist for an “Ethics Issue” addressing the “ten scientific dilemmas that will shape our future”. I was asked to intervene on the question: “Should we give robots the right to kill”. Here’s a

Posted in accountability gap, armed drones, autonomous weapon systems (AWS), drones, Ethics, ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ethics of autonomous systems, ethics of technology, killer robots, military robots, moral responsibility, Responsibility, responsibility gap, robot ethics, Robotics, Technology

Call for two postdocs in our project Meaningful Human Control over Automated Driving Systems

There is a call open for two postdoc positions at TU Delft – one in philosophy and one in behavioural science – within the NWO project Meaningful Human Control over Automated Driving Systems, which I will run with Bart van

Posted in behavioural science, Ethics of autonomous systems, robot ethics, Self-driving cars, Value-sensitive design

Marginal responsibilty and somnambulistic killings

My co-edited article titled Pushing the Margins of Responsibility: Lessons from Parks’ Somnambulistic Killing (with Ezio Di Nucci) has just been accepted for publication in Neuroethics. The paper can be read here. I have been interested in hard cases in the theory

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Self-driving cars and ethical dilemmas: a legal-philosophical perspective

I just heard that my new paper on the ethics of the programming of self-driving cars has been accepted for publication in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. The paper is titled: Killing by autonomous vehicles and the legal doctrine of necessity. The

Posted in Ethics, ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ethics of autonomous systems, ethics of technology, killer robots, robot ethics, Robotics, Self-driving cars, Technology, trolley problem

Ethics of Self-Driving Cars: from Delft…to Ottawa

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The past week I had a great experience giving a talk at the “Future of Driving” symposium, organized at TU Delft by  the Electrotechnische Vereeniging. It was very nice, as usual, to discuss ethical and societal issues with students, industry representatives like Maarten

Posted in Ethics of autonomous systems, robot ethics, Robotics, Self-driving cars, Technology

White paper on the Ethics of Self-driving Cars for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

In the context of the knowledge agenda automated driving, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment Rijkswaterstaat commissioned me to write a white paper on ethical issues in automated driving to provide a basis for discussion and some recommendations on how

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Appointments August-October 2016

Hi, here are some interesting meetings/conferences I will be participating in in the coming two months. See you there! Aug 27: I will give an introductory lecture on Ethics at the IDEA Summer School on Responsible Artificial Intelligence (TU Delft, NL)

Posted in care robots, Ethics, ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), ethics of human enhancement, ethics of technology, Robotics, Self-driving cars, talks and presentations, Technology

Our “Drones and Responsibility” can be pre-ordered!

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Thrilled to announce that our co-edited Routledge book “Drones and Responsibility: Legal, Philosophical, and Socio-technical Perspectives on Remotely Controlled Weapons” can now be pre-ordered on Amazon and Bol! In the meanwhile, you can read our introducion here.

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Web lecture on the ethics of care robots

Here is a web lecture (12 min) on the ethics of care robots that I recorded for the TU Delft MOOC (online course) Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology. The lecture is based on my co-authored paper When Should We

Posted in care robots, Ethics, medical ethics, responsible innovation, robot ethics, Robotics, Technology, Value-sensitive design, web lecture

Technological Doping?

“Technological doping? Responsible Innovation in Sport Engineering” is the title of the talk that I will give in Amsterdam, on April 8th, at the Science and Engineering Conference on Sports Innovations (SECSI). Whereas more and more cases of biomedical doping

Posted in doping, Ethics, ethics of enhancement, responsible innovation, SECSI conference 2016, sport engineering, technological doping, Technology