• Regulation or Responsibility? Autonomy, Moral Imagination, and Engineering
    Science, Technology, and Human Values 31 (3): 237-260. 2006.
    A prima facie analysis suggests that there are essentially two, mutually exclusive, ways in which risk arising from engineering design can be managed: by imposing external constraints on engineers or by engendering their feelings of responsibility and respect their autonomy. The author discusses the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches. However, he then shows that this opposition is a false one and that there is no simple relation between regulation and autonomy. Furthermore, the auth…Read more
  • Imagination and Principles: An Essay on the Role of Imagination in Moral Reasoning (review)
    Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 100 (3): 251-253. 2008.
  • How to Build a Supervised Autonomous System for Robot-Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    with Pablo G. Esteban, Paul Baxter, Tony Belpaeme, Erik Billing, Haibin Cai, Hoang-Long Cao, Cristina Costescu, Daniel David, Albert De Beir, Yinfeng Fang, Zhaojie Ju, James Kennedy, Honghai Liu, Alexandre Mazel, Amit Pandey, Kathleen Richardson, Emmanuel Senft, Serge Thill, Greet Van de Perre, Bram Vanderborght, David Vernon, Hui Yu, and Tom Ziemke
    Paladyn : Journal of Behavioral Robotics 8 (1): 18-38. 2017.
    Robot-Assisted Therapy has successfully been used to improve social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders through remote control of the robot in so-calledWizard of Oz paradigms.However, there is a need to increase the autonomy of the robotboth to lighten the burden on human therapists and to provide a consistent therapeutic experience. This paper seeks to provide insight into increasing the autonomy level of social robots in therapy to move beyond WoZ. With the final aim of improved …Read more
  • Die Zukunft ist eine Zukunft der Technologie. Zugleich ist sie auch eine digitale Zukunft. Was muss geschehen, damit sie ethischen und moralischen Fragen gerecht wird?
  • Is gesture knowledge?
    with Michael Funk
    In Moving Imagination, John Benjamins. pp. 113-131. 2013.
  • Usually contemporary technology is understood to belong to secular modernity. But how ‚secular‘ and ‚modern‘ are our technological practices and culture? In this essay I argue that if we want to better understand technology, thinking in terms of a rupture between modernity and pre-modernity is inadequate. I show that Judeo-Christian forms of thinking still pervade modern technological visions and could help us think about what I call the ‚delegated spirituality‘ of the artefact, but that our enc…Read more
  • Envisioning Robots in Society – Power, Politics, and Public Space (edited book)
    with M. Loh, J. Funk, M. Seibt, and J. Nørskov
    . forthcoming.
  • Risk analysis and risk management are ways for humans to cope with natural disaster risk. This chapter connects discussions about risk with reflections on nature, technology, vulnerability, and modernity. In particular, it raises questions regarding the natural/human distinction and how human societies and cultures cope with risk. How “natural” are hazards, given human interventions inand interpretations of events, and what are the limitations of “objective” modernapproaches to risk? The chapter…Read more
  • Justifying Blame: Why Free Will Matters and Why it Does Not (review)
    Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 1. 2006.
    This book shows why we can justify blaming people for their wrong actions even if free will turns out not to exist. Contrary to most contemporary thinking, we do this by focusing on the ordinary, everyday wrongs each of us commits, not on the extra-ordinary, “morally monstrous-like” crimes and weak-willed actions of some.
  • Wider den Transhumanismus
    with Georg Franck, Sarah Spiekermann, Peter Hampson, Charles M. Ess, and Johannes Hoff
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung. forthcoming.
    Mit der Entwicklung von Gen-, Nanotechnologie und Neurotechnolgie bekommt die Menschheit mehr und mehr die Mittel in die Hand, sich in Eigenregie evolutionär weiterzuentwickeln. Das ist gefährlich.