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The Institute of Philosophy,
the Czech Academy of Sciences
The Institute of State and Law,
the Czech Academy of Sciences
The Institute of Computer Science,
the Czech Academy of Sciences
Faculty of Science,
Charles University

The Czech writer Karel Čapek is perhaps most famous for introducing, by means of his 1920 play about the uprising of artifcial laborers, R.U.R., the word "robot" into world languages. However, Čapek wrote also about other scientifc and technological challenges to humanity – medical, biological a nuclear. To be sure, he explored these topics through the medium of imaginative fiction, and his attitude to science and technology was rather skeptical. Although we do not share his medium or attitude, we wish to honor the contribution of the local classic by adopting his name for our Center. Moreover, the list of his themes wonderfully corresponds with the scope of our research interests: machine ethics, as well as the socio-political challenges raised by AI, automation and other current and future technologies; topics in bioethics, including transhumanism and posthumanism; and, generally, ethical and political issues concerning the emerging sciences and technologies in a democratic society.

<p>The Czech writer Karel Čapek is perhaps most famous for introducing, by means of his 1920 play about the uprising of artifcial laborers, <em>R.U.R.</em>, the word "robot" into world languages. However, Čapek wrote also about other scientifc and technological challenges to humanity – medical, biological a nuclear. To be sure, he explored these topics through the medium of imaginative fiction, and his attitude to science and technology was rather skeptical. Although we do not share his medium or attitude, we wish to honor the contribution of the local classic by adopting his name for our Center. Moreover, the list of his themes wonderfully corresponds with the scope of our research interests: machine ethics, as well as the socio-political challenges raised by AI, automation and other current and future technologies; topics in bioethics, including transhumanism and posthumanism; and, generally, ethical and political issues concerning the emerging sciences and technologies in a democratic society.</p>

News

Would 'Deviant' Sex  Robots Violate Asimov's Law of Robotics?

Would 'Deviant' Sex Robots Violate Asimov's Law of Robotics?

Patrick Lin

Like it or not, sex robots are already here, and someday they might hurt you, if you ask nicely. As they cater to an ever-increasing range of tastes, some folks predict BDSM types (bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism) in the future bedroom.

But, wait, you might ask: wouldn’t these “deviant” or non-normative types violate the basic robot-ethics principle to not hurt people?

Events

Autonomous Vehicle Ethics

Autonomous Vehicle Ethics

Beyond the Trolley Problem

The Karel Čapek Center for Values in Science and Technology (Prague, Czech Republic), the Department of Philosophy of the University of Haifa (Israel), and Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at the California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, CA) are pleased to announce the opening of the call for papers for presentation at a workshop on the ethics of autonomous cars.

The event will be held on June 27-28, 2019 at the Villa Lanna, Prague, Czech Republic.