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Emerging Technoethics of Human Interaction with Communication, Bionic and Robotic Systems

Objective

ETHICBOTS will promote and coordinate a multidisciplinary group of researchers into artificial intelligence, robotics, anthropology, moral philosophy, philosophy of science, psychology, and cognitive science, with the common purpose of identifying and anal yzing techno-ethical issues concerning the integration of human beings and artificial (software/hardware) entities. Three kinds of integration will be analized: (a) Human-softbot integration, as achieved by AI research on information and communication tec hnologies; (b) Human-robot, non-invasive integration, as achieved by robotic research on autonomous systems inhabiting human environments; (c) Physical, invasive integration, as achieved by bionic research. Crucial ethical issues in these areas include th e preservation of human identity, and integrity; applications of precautionary principles; economic and social discrimination; artificial system autonomy and accountability; responsibilities for (possibly unintended) warfare applications; nature and impact of human-machine cognitive and affective bonds on individuals and society. The proposed coordinated work will enable one to establish a techno-ethically aware community of researchers, at a European level, by promoting workshops, training and disseminatio n activities. Moreover, the proposed CA aims at developing the capability of researchers to communicate in understandable ways with journalists, policy makers, concerned citizens, and wider audiences of non-specialists. A knowledge-base on techno-ethical i ssues will be set up to serve both internal and external dissemination purposes. Finally, ETHICBOTS will provide inputs to EU and national institutions for techno-ethical monitoring, warning, and opinion generation. In each of these activities, ETHICBOTS a ims at shifting attention from limitation to encouragement, guidance, and promotion of responsible scientific and technological research.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SCIENCE-AND-SOCIETY-9
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Address
Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo, Via Cinthia
Napoli
Italy

Participants (9)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG ZUR ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastr. 27C
München
SCUOLA DI ROBOTICA
Italy
Address
Piazza Monastero, 4
Genova
ISTITUTO DI TEOLOGIA DI LUGANO
Switzerland
Address
Via Buffi 13
Lugano
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
Address
Whiteknights
RG66AY Reading
HOCHSCHULE DER MEDIEN STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Nobelstrasse 10
Stuttgart
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)
France
Address
Avenue Edouard Belin 16
Toulouse
SCUOLA SUPERIORE SANT'ANNA DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA
Italy
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Libertà, 33
Pisa
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Trent Park, Bramley Road
London
UNIVERSITÀ DI PISA
Italy
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti, 43
Pisa