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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

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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

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!

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.

Posted in accountability gap, armed drones, autonomous weapon systems (AWS), criminal responsibility, drone warfare, drones, Ethics, ethics of technology, international law, killer robots, military ethics, military robots, moral responsibility, Responsibility, responsibility gap, robot ethics, Robotics, targeted killings, Technology, UAV

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

Talk on Care Robots at the University of Copenhagen

Tomorrow I will fly to Copenhagen, where, on Thursday March 3rd, I will give a seminar on the ethics of care robots at the Faculty of Public Health. I will talk about the use of therapeutic companionship robots like the

Posted in care robots, Ethics, informed consent, medical ethics, Mental disorder, Paro robot, Robotics

How to make sure that car manifacturers take ethics seriously

Another cut from my interview on the ethics of self-driving cars not included in the final documentary by De Kennis van Nu.

Posted in De Kennis van Nu, Ethics, Robotics, Self-driving cars, Technology, Value-sensitive design

Who should be held responsible for accidents involving self-driving cars?

A passage from the interview with Marloes ten Kate not inlcuded in the final documentary by Tim Broers for De Kennis van Nu.

Posted in De Kennis van Nu, Ethics, Liability, Responsibility, Robotics, Self-driving cars, Technology