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Cinematic ethics on Robots : or: what can we learn from Science-Fiction movies about humanoid (service) robots.

Segers, P.J. (2017) Cinematic ethics on Robots : or: what can we learn from Science-Fiction movies about humanoid (service) robots.

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Abstract:In the near future it becomes increasingly more likely that (service) robots will have a large impact on society a serious technological possibility. In order to gain insights what this impact might entail, this thesis will work out how the development of robots and Science-Fiction are entwined. This will be continued by an exposition of the current uncertainties in the discussion on robot-ethics. To find answers on these uncertainties, this thesis will conduct four explorative analyses. These analyses will focus on the development of human-robot relations as depicted in a selection of Science-Fiction movies. In order to conduct these analyses the framework on the Roboethcis of appearance & Roboethics of good and experience/imagination as composed by Coeckelbergh (2009) will be used, this framework focusses mainly on alterity relations. These alterity relations are in turn based on the distinction, machine and “quasi-other” made by Ihde (1990). This however will be expanded upon by the work of Van den Berg (2010) in order to include the experience of “genuine other”. The findings of these analyses will be discussed in the last chapters of this thesis. Here will be discussed how to these findings do compliment, fit or bring new arguments to the broader discussions on robot ethics.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 08 philosophy, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72902
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