FLoC 2018 and VCLA LogicLounge: Oxford Union debate on Ethics and Morality of Robotics

DATE:Monday, July 16, 2018
TIME:16:00 s.t.
VENUE:Oxford Union Debating Chamber, Frewin Court, Oxford, OX1 3JB, UK

Federated Logic Conference – FLoC 2018 and VCLA LogicLounge under the baton of Georg Weissenbacher present the Oxford Union debate on “Ethics and Morality of Robotics”, an event in the LogicLounge series.


The future of robotics raises important questions for humanity. Will robots be able to act as agents in their own right and make moral and ethical decisions? Impressive advances in artificial intelligence mean robots may become capable of replacing human beings in every task imaginable. What are the ethical implications of such a development? How do we prepare for such a future?

Questions on the ethics and morality of robotics will be debated by panelists specializing in ethics, law, computer science, data security and privacy, in the Oxford Union Debating Chamber, which has seen important international figures such as former US Secretary of State John Kerry, physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking, evolutionary biologist Prof. Richard Dawkins.

About the speakers

The panel will be chaired by Judy Wajcman (Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science) and will feature the following speakers:

Luciano Floridi (Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford)

Ben Kuipers (Professor of Computer Science and Engineering—specializing in robotics, University of Michigan)

Francesca Rossi (Professor of Computer Science—specializing in artificial intelligence, University of Padova)

Matthias Scheutz (Professor of Computer Science—with a background in logic and cognitive science, Tufts University)

Sandra Wachter (Lawyer and Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford and Alan Turing Institute), and

Jeannette Wing (Avanessians Director of the Data Sciences Institute at Columbia University, former VP of Microsoft Research with expertise in security and privacy.

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