Episode #21 – Mark Coeckelbergh on Robots and the Tragedy of Automation

Mark-portrait-250x250In this episode I talk to Mark Coeckelbergh. Mark is a Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. He also has an affiliation as Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK. We talk about robots and philosophy (robophilosophy), focusing on two topics in particular. First, the rise of the carebots and the mechanisation of society, and second, Hegel’s master-slave dialectic and its application to our relationship with technology.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:00 – What is a robot?
  • 3:30 – What is robophilosophy? Why is it important?
  • 4:45 – The phenomenological approach to roboethics
  • 6:48 – What are carebots? Why do people advocate their use?
  • 8:40 – Ethical objections to the use of carebots
  • 11:20 – Could a robot ever care for us?
  • 13:25 – Carebots and the Problem of Emotional Deception
  • 18:16 – Robots, modernity and the mechanisation of society
  • 21:50 – The Master-Slave Dialectic in Human-Robot Relationships
  • 25:17 – Robots and our increasing alienation from reality
  • 30:40 – Technology and the automation of human beings

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