Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh, philosopher of technology, from the University of Vienna will give a talk on «  Why should engineers care about robot ethics?l », on Friday, 29th November 2019, at ACFR seminar space (J04), 1pm-3:30pm.

In this open-ended workshop with academics and postgraduates in Engineering and robotics at the ACFR and SIRIS, Prof Coeckelbergh will address topics relating to robot ethics, drawing from his own work in the field. 

When : Friday, 29th November 2019

1:00pm Lunch

1:30pm Prof Coeckelbergh will outline his work in robot and technology ethics, followed by Q&A / discussion. 

3:30pm Close

Where: Australian Centre for Field Robotics

J04 Rose St Building, University of Sydney


Prof Mark Coeckelbergh is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. He also has an affiliation as Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. He is the author of over ten books, including Growing Moral Relations (2012), Human Being @ Risk (2013), Environmental Skill (2015), Money Machines(2015), New Romantic Cyborgs (2017) and Moved by Machines: Performance Metaphors and Philosophy of Technology (2019). He has also written many articles. He is best known for his work in philosophy of technology, robotics and ethics of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). 

Professor Coeckelbergh will also give a Sydney Ideas talkWild AI and tame humans: Ethical and policy challenges for the future of artificial intelligence and robotics on 27 November, Lecture Theatre 1110, Abercrombie Building


Coeckelbergh, M. (2011). Are emotional robots deceptive?IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 3(4), 388-393.

Coeckelbergh, M. (2010). Moral appearances: emotions, robots, and human moralityEthics and Information Technology, 12(3), 235-241.

Should build robots with “emotions” at all? 

Coeckelbergh, M (2018). How to describe and evaluate “deception” phenomena: recasting the metaphysics, ethics, and politics of ICTs in terms of magic and performance and taking a relational and narrative turnEthics and Information Technology 20:71–85

Coeckelbergh, M. (2016). Responsibility and the moral phenomenology of using self-driving cars. Applied Artificial Intelligence, 30(8), 748-757.

Coeckelbergh, M. (2017). Can machines create art?Philosophy & Technology, 30(3), 285-303.

Coeckelbergh, M., Pop, C., Simut, R., Peca, A., Pintea, S., David, D., & Vanderborght, B. (2016). A survey of expectations about the role of robots in robot-assisted therapy for children with ASD: Ethical acceptability, trust, sociability, appearance, and attachment. Science and engineering ethics, 22(1), 47-65. 

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The visit of Professor Coeckelbergh is supported by the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre, The Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems and the Sociotechnical futures lab at the University of Sydney. 


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