Ethics in Robotics and Intelligent Machines


Extended Deadline for Submissions: November 30th, 2022

Ethical issues are among the most interesting in emerging technologies. Theoretical and technological advances are more and more building machines that are so efficient as to share the same environment with human beings. This makes ethics a crucial step in the process of developing robotics and intelligent machines. Without ethical reflection, there is a risk of delaying technological developments. Ethical reflection starts upstream at the very beginning of the enquiry by questioning researchers about what they are doing, why, and for whom. It explores their values and broadens the research focus by engaging other stakeholders; it includes intuitions to be weighed against other intuitions, and it tests them against theology, sapiential knowledge, arts, and normative theories. Ethics is therefore essential in ensuring that the values implemented in robotics and intelligent machines are designed by experts across robotics, computer science, philosophy, psychology, law, architecture, urban planning, political theory, and economics, all of whom have a sufficiently professional expertise in related issues, and that their work is carefully scrutinized by a well-informed public debate. Only in this way can new technologies realign ethics and politics with a view that ensures inclusivity in societies.

This topical collection will contribute to the ongoing debate about the Ethics of Robotics and Intelligent Machines. It will host contributions from different areas in the humanities and beyond, spanning from political, social, and technical fields. We welcome papers exploring all aspects that broadly address Ethics in Robotics and Intelligent Machines.

Contributions must be original and not under review elsewhere. All papers will be subject to double-anonymous peer-review.

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