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180064 FS Robot Ethics (2019S)

10.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

TutorIn: Isabel Walter (isabel.walter@univie.ac.at)

Thursday 14.03. 15:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 15.03. 13:15 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 21.03. 15:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 22.03. 13:15 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 27.03. 13:15 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 28.03. 15:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 05.04. 13:15 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 03.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

Current technological developments in the field of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence raise ethical questions. Consider for instance the use of robots in health care, the automation of cars, and the use of intelligent military drones, or the development of more intelligent artificial agents. This course gives an overview of issues and approaches in this field, shows how these issues relate to interesting problems in philosophy, and connects to relevant public debates.

Assessment and permitted materials

In the first session students will be introduced to the topic and the recent literature in the field. The course will be assessed by means of weekly student presentations, regular attendance and significant participation in discussions, weekly commentaries on the literature, and a longer essay at the end of the course (max. 4000 words).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Lecture, literature reading and discussion. (in English)

Examination topics

In-depth knowledge of the recent literature on the topic, ability to critically engage with the problems discussed in the course, and the skill to connect technological developments to philosophical problems.

Reading list

Literature will be provided via Moodle and in the course, mainly in the form of recent journal articles.

Association in the course directory

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