Are robots better humans?

Track: Speeches and panel discussion

Ethics, limitations, and promises of Artificial Intelligence



Tom Ziemke, Professor of Cognitive Science, Interaction Lab, School of Informatics, University of Skövde, Sweden
The body of knowledge: Why robots aren’t taking over the world – and why we are giving it to them anyway
Peter Purgathofer, Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Hard-to-see problems in social robots
Rafael Capurro, Professor Emeritus of Information Management and Information Ethics, Hochschule der Medien (HdM) Stuttgart, Germany
Agents, Patients and Robots. About Roboethics

Panel discussion

Tom Ziemke
Peter Purgathofer
Rafael Capurro
Søren Brier, Department of International Business Communication, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Martin Rhonheimer, School of Philosophy, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy


Marco Ragni, Center for Cognitive Science, Institute of Computer Science and Social Research, University of Freiburg, Germany


Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics demonstrate an increasing ability of cognitive and computer systems to deal with human specific tasks. Nowadays, computers are better than humans at playing chess, calculation, route planning, and are even able to drive cars and make independent decisions. With an increase in these abilities ethical questions arise: Do we need to grant highly developed robots rights? Do we need to equip them with ethical norms as science fiction writers have proposed? Is it acceptable to use such machines to harm humans? Are hybrid systems, i.e., humans connected to computer systems acceptable? What is the proprium humanum that distinguishes us from highly skilled robots? Highly developed computer systems and robots are important to humans and can make the world a better place.

The podium discussion will cover the above questions and possible consequences of evolving computer systems.

Co-Organisers, Sponsors

Katholische Hochschulgemeinde Wien, Capurro-Fiek Foundation