Value, Design and Human activities: Perspectives on Human-robots relations


The Japanese-Dutch seminar ‘Values, Design, and Human Activities – Perspectives on Human-Robot Relations’ will combine perspectives from the philosophy and ethics of technology, and the approach of value-sensitive design. In order to analyse and evaluate the roles of robots in society, many approaches focus on Artificial Intelligence and the possibilities to delegate responsibilities to robots. This workshop will broaden the focus by bringing together philosophers and ethicists who have expertise in analysing human-technology relations and in developing ethical approaches to assess technologies and to design them in a responsible way. Discussing AI and human-robot relations from the perspective of philosophy of technology makes it possible to analyse the various ways in which robots might affect human existence and society, with issues ranging from human identity and intimacy to politics and civic participation, and from intelligence and responsibility to humanitarian aid and vulnerability. This will result in more insights in ways to embed robotic technologies in society in a responsible way.

The unique combination of Japanese and Dutch scholars we propose will bring about a synergy between international key players in philosophy and ethics of technology and robotics.The comparison between the different traditions in both robot technologies and in philosophy and ethics of technology will make it possible to identify and address relevant ethical and societal problems, and to develop input for the responsible design of robots. The seminar also encourages excellent junior researchers to engage in collaborative research.


Project number


Main applicant

Prof. dr. ir. P.P.C.C. Verbeek

Affiliated with

Universiteit Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS), Departement of Philosophy


04/07/2018 to 07/07/2018