“Social Robotics and the Good Life – The Normative Side of Forming Emotional Bonds with Robots”

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: Wulf.loh@izew.uni-tuebingen.de
Deadline: 31.01.2020
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: University of Tuebingen
Datum: 07.05.2020
Ende: 08.05.2020 --:--
Veranstaltende Institution: IZEW

Social robotics has the strong potential of becoming more and more prevalent in the coming years, especially in the realms of elder day care, child rearing, and education. As human beings have the fascinating ability to emotionally bond not exclusively with other human beings, but also with animals, plants, and objects, it is highly likely that human-machine-relationships will arise from these human-robotic-interactions. While children and the elderly constitute vulnerable groups that merit special consideration, at the heart of the issue lie fundamental ethical questions that concern human-robot-interactions per se. Do human-robot-relationships necessarily constitute a form of manipulation, since any form of reciprocity on the side of the robot is merely simulated? Are these relationships then per se detrimental to the good life, as they replace “real” relationships? What constitutes such a “real” relationship? Are more intimate relationships with robots, such as friendship or even love, possible and ethically sound? Which design cues does an ethical design of robots have to take into account? And: how do we conceive and ground “good lives”?

For discussing these and further questions regarding the normativity of emotional bonds with robots, in this interdisciplinary workshop we invite submissions (500 words). Please find more details in the attached PDF-version of the call.

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