What Should Care Robots Care About?

August 6, 2020

7pm Virtual

August 6: 4:00 a.m. PDT (GMT -7)
August 6: 7:00 p.m. (GMT+8)

Chinese only, no translation

Streaming platform:
Tencent Meeting: https://meeting.tencent.com/s/aUD5LO7E291B
Meeting ID: 612 479 122

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This seminar will attempt to reflect on the ethical consequences of care robots and our response strategies, from the levels of physical existence, social resources, data carriers, and artificial agents. We will take intelligent artificial limbs and robot pets as examples to think about how we can live with care robots in the future.

Key Discussions:

• What will be the ethical consequences of care robots?
• How should we deal with these ethical consequences?
• How should humans live together with care robots in the future?


WU Tianyue

• Tenured Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Peking University
• Berggruen Fellow

Wu Tianyue has long devoted himself to reconstructing the philosophical arguments of ancient and medieval historical texts as a way of exploring new intellectual resources for present day reflection. His current focus is the philosophy of mind and ethics in the ancient and medieval Aristotelian traditions. Wu is the author of Voluntas et libertas: A Philosophical Account of Augustine’s Conception of the Will in the Domain of Moral Psychology (意愿与自由:奥古斯丁意愿概念的道德心理学解读, Peking University Press, 2010). More than ten related English language papers have been published in Les Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales, Modern Schoolman, Review of Metaphysics, Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, and other international academic journals. While working at the Peking University Berggruen Research Center, Wu will focus on “The Philosophy of Body and Bioethical Challenges of Frontier Technologies”. Against a backdrop of increasingly grave ethical challenges facing emerging technologies, Wu aims to rethink “the body”, an ontological concept that has not received enough attention in recent discussions.


DUAN Weiwen

• Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
• Director of the Research Center for Science, Technology and Society, CASS