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Robotics in Germany and Japan

Philosophical and Technical Perspectives


Edited By Michael Funk and Bernhard Irrgang

Germany and Japan are two of the worldwide leading countries in robotics research. Robotics as a key technology introduces technical as well as philosophical and cultural challenges. How can we use robots that have a human-like appearance in everyday life? Are there limits to technology? What are the cultural similarities and differences between Germany and Japan? These are some of the questions which are discussed in the book. Five chapters comprehend an intercultural and interdisciplinary framework including current research fields like Roboethics, Hermeneutics of Technologies, Technology Assessment, Robotics in Japanese Popular Culture and Music Robots. Contributions on cultural interrelations, technical visions and essays round out the content of this book.
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Joseph Weizenbaum, Responsibility and Humanoid Robots


Kerstin Palatini

Joseph Weizenbaum is often mistaken as computer critical (Weizenbaum & Wendt 2006, p. 7); he has not been arguing against computer at all, but for a humane society, based on rational used computer technical support. Therefore, computers do not have to be humanlike. He is observing related developments within Artificial Intelligence (AI) very critical. And if he is watching the current1 AI – research, especially humanoid robotics, he questions their sense and profession.

“Not a little bit negative. ...”

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