Do robots have their own value system? How do they follow stereotypes? Under what circumstances are artificial counterparts potential holders of rights? The A1 Women’s Network took up these questions at its current event and asked the keynote speakers technical philosopher Janina Loh from the University of Vienna and Felix Stalder, Zurich University of the Arts. Read on for the exciting review!

What does it mean for us – especially for all women among us – when we create artificial female “people” as Hiroshi Ishiguro from Japan did with his robot-wife “Erica”? Our A1 colleagues Ursula Jobst and Aliki Argyropoulos asked themselves this and other questions as well. Hence, they took the initiative to discuss it with around 80 interested colleagues at a digital townhall event as part of the A1 Women’s Network at A1 Group headquarters in Vienna.

Inspired by the lectures of professors Janina Loh and Felix Stalder, the following discussion became a ground for exchanging ideas and opinions about the moral responsibility of robots and their programmers. Everyone agreed that we cannot get rid of our values and stereotypes; Therefore, we must work on being aware of them, as well as analyze their weighting. As part of a solution to this problem Janina Loh recommended implementing ethical guidelines for companies. These can also help companies like A1 to segment customer data.

Will robots become the better people?

The philosopher Loh also had an answer to this question and appealed to us human agents to use our voice, because:

“We don’t do ourselves a favour if we passivate our role as citizens in the system.”