International Research Conference Robophilosophy 2018: University of Vienna, Feb 14-17

Robophilosophy 2018: Envisioning Robots in Society—Politics, Power, and Public Space

Campus der Universität Wien (Hof 2)
Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna

"Robophilosophy 2018—Envisioning Robots In Society: Politics, Power, And Public Space" is the third event in the biennial Robophilosophy Conference Series which facilitates robophilosophy, a new area of interdisciplinary applied research in philosophy, robotics, and other disciplines in the Humanities, social and human sciences. The event will gather researchers, artists, representatives from politics, and actors of the private sector to create constructive dialogue and concrete collaborations on the joint task of envisioning robots in human societies.

Automation is the new key strategy for productivity gain—many countries are well on their way towards the production model of "industry 4.0" where software bot and robots will appear in all industrial sectors including service industries.

The core driver of this disruption complex is robotics, producing ever more intelligent, ever more connectable artificial agents that function in ever more complex physical and social surroundings. This raises a host of complex questions for policy-makers, engineers, and researchers: Which socio-political, socio-cultural, economic, and ethical challenges will we humans be confronted with as robots will be included into more and more contexts of our everyday life? Are we bound to increase the precariat or will the ‘robot revolution’ open up new paths towards greater social justice? How should we envision robots in society?

Plenary speakers (confirmed):

Joanna Bryson (Department of Computer Science, University of Bath, UK)

Hiroshi Ishiguro (Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University, Japan)

Guy Standing (Basic Income Earth Network and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK)

Catelijne Muller (Rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence, European Economic and Social Committee)

Robert Trappl (Head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria)

Simon Penny (Department of Art, University of California, Irvine)

Raja Chatila (IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Automated Systems, Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France)

Josef Weidenholzer (Member of the European Parliament, domains of automation and digitization)

Oliver Bendel (Institute for Information Systems, FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland)

Juha Heikkilä (Head of Unit A1 Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the European Commission)

More details


Mark Coeckelbergh, Janina Loh, Michael Funk, Chair of Philosophy of Technology and Media at the University of Vienna
Co-organizers: Johanna Seibt, and Marco Nørskov, Research Unit for Robophilosophy, Aarhus University see also Research Network TRANSOR

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