Fiches de cours

The ethics of robots

HUM-384

Enseignant(s) :

Rochel Johan Robert

Langue:

English

Summary

This course enables students to sharpen their proficiency in tackling ethical challenges linked to robots. Students acquire the competence to define a robot and identify ethical questions linked to technology and to the increased use of robots in society. Students develop competency in handling norm

Content

The ethics of robots: addressing societal and legal challenges

The increasing production and use of ¿robots¿ raises numerous ethical, legal and societal questions. These range from conceptual issues (¿What is a robot?¿) to technological-ethical issues (¿How should robots act?¿) and to societal-political issues (¿What if robots are widely deployed?¿) and legal questions (¿How should accountability be handled in regard to robots and AI?¿). The focus of attention has long been on military robots but the deployment of robotic technology in all areas of society dramatically increases the number of issues that call for an answer.

The following issues will be dealt with:

- What is a robot?

- Can robots truly act autonomously?

- Who is responsible for the actions of robots?

- What are the most pressing ethical questions for the different types of robots?

- How does the law deal with these questions?

- How should we design robots in order to overcome ethical challenges?

- How should we address the consequences of the wide deployment of robots?

Keywords

robots, ethics, law, innovation, responsibility

POLY-perspective :

https://www.epfl.ch/schools/cdh/cdhs-vision/

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

The course will be organized as an interactive and participative course. Students have to read texts for each session and to be ready for critical discussion.

Expected student activities

weekly reading of preparatory texts

active participation in class

writing of papers

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed twice :

- One-pager including the key elements of a preparatory text ¿ 30% of the grade

- Short paper on a freely chosen issue (or topic) (10 pages) - 70% of the grade

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants No
Forum No
Others by appointment

Resources

Bibliography

Tzafestas, S. G. 2016. Roboethics. A Navigating Overview. Switzerland, Springer

Lin, P., Abney, K. and Bekey, G. A. eds., 2014. Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics. London, MIT Press

Ford, M., 2015. Rise of the Robots: Technlogy and the Threat of Jobless Future. New York, Basic Books.

Dans les plans d'études

  • Programme Sciences humaines et sociales, 2019-2020, Bachelor semestre 5
    • Semestre
      Automne
    • Forme de l'examen
      Pendant le semestre
    • Crédits
      2
    • Matière examinée
      The ethics of robots
    • Nombre de places
      80
    • Cours
      2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

LuMaMeJeVe
8-9
9-10
10-11
11-12
12-13
13-14 BC02
14-15
15-16
16-17
17-18
18-19
19-20
20-21
21-22
Cours
Exercice, TP
Projet, autre

légende

  • Semestre d'automne
  • Session d'hiver
  • Semestre de printemps
  • Session d'été
  • Cours en français
  • Cours en anglais
  • Cours en allemand