Mind and Machine. The New Spaces of Robots and Digitization

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Bruce Janz
André Schmiljun


Machines have always been a tool or technical instrument for human beings to facilitate and to accelerate processes through mechanical power. The same applies to robots nowadays – the next step in the evolution of machines. Over the course of the last few years, robot usage in society has expanded enormously, and they now carry out a remarkable number of tasks for us. It seems we are on the eve of a historic revolution that will change everything we know right now. But not only robots have an impact on our life. It is digitization in its entirety, including smart applications and games, that confronts us with new spaces. This special volume of Ethics in Progress tries to broaden our understanding of a philosophical field – robots and digitization – that is still in its infancy in terms of it research and literature.


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Janz, B., & Schmiljun, A. (2019). Mind and Machine. The New Spaces of Robots and Digitization. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 10(2), 4-7. https://doi.org/10.14746/eip.2019.2.1
Author Biographies

Bruce Janz, University of Central Florida, Orlando

Bruce B. Janz is professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He is also co-director of the Center for Humanities and Digital Research, and core faculty in the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program, also at UCF. His areas of work include contemporary European philosophy (phenomenology, hermeneutics, Deleuze), contemporary African philosophy, digital humanities, research on concepts of place and space, and the phenomenological cognitive sciences. His most recent book is Place, Space, and Hermeneutics (Springer 2017), and he is finishing a book called Enactivist African Philosophy. He has taught in Canada, the US, Kenya, and South Africa.

André Schmiljun, Humboldt-University of Berlin – Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań

André Schmiljun - Ph.D. in Philosophy. His research interest covers robot ethics, German Idealisms and philosophy of mind. In his doctoral thesis (under supervision of Christian Möckel and Steffen Dietzsch) he analysed the phenomenon of antipolitcs in the work of Friedrich W. J. Schelling (1775-1854). Since 2017 he has been working on his habilitation at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (under supervision of Prof. Dr. Ewa Nowak) concerning the possibility of moral competence in Artificial Intelligence. For this project, he received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship in 2019.




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