The third Dutch-Japanese Workshop in Philosophy of Technology was held July 4–6, 2018 in Sendai and on July 7, 2018 in Tokyo.

 The purpose of the workshop is to bring together Japanese and Dutch experts in philosophy and ethics of technology regarding the question of value-sensitive design, especially in human-robot relations. Since the Netherlands is an internationally leading country in philosophy and ethics of technology, with an increasing focus on robotics, and Japan is an internationally leading country in robotics, including its philosophical and ethical dimensions, this combination of Dutch and Japanese scholars bring about a synergy between key international players in philosophy and ethics of technology and robotics. The comparison between the different traditions in both robot technologies and in philosophy and ethics of technology makes it possible to identify and address relevant ethical and societal problems and develop input for the responsible design of robots.

 The workshop “Values, Design, and Human Activities – Robotics, Environment and Philosophy” combines perspectives from philosophy and ethics of technology with the approach of value-sensitive design. In order to analyze and evaluate the roles of robots in society, many approaches focus on Artificial Intelligence and the possibility of delegating responsibilities to robots. This workshop broadens the focus by bringing together philosophers and ethicists who have expertise in analyzing human-technology relations and in developing ethical approaches to assess technologies and to design them in a responsible way. Discussing AI and human-robot relations from the perspective of philosophy of technology makes it possible to analyze the various ways in which robots might affect human existence and society, with issues ranging from human identity and intimacy to politics and civic participation, and from intelligence and responsibility to humanitarian aid and vulnerability. This results in more insights on ways to embed robotic technologies into society in a responsible way.

Principal Investigator

Kiyotaka Naoe (Professor / Tohoku University / Sendai, Japan)
Peter-Paul Verbeek (Professor / University of Twente / Enschede, The Netherlands)

Dutch Participants

Pieter Vermaas Associate professor / Delft University of Technology / Delft
Aimee Van Wynsberghe Assistant professor / Delft University of Technology / Delft
Nicola Liberati Postdoc researcher / University of Twente / Enschede
Michael Nagenborg Assistant professor / University of Twente / Enschede
Jonne Hoek PhD candidate / University of Twente / Enschede
Jan Peter Bergen Postdoc researcher / University of Twente / Enschede

Japanese Participants

Tetsuya Kono Professor/ Rikkyo University /Tokyo
Minao Kukita Associate professor/ Nagoya University /Nagoya
Hidekazu Kanemitsu Associate Professor/ Kanazawa Institute of Technology /Kanazawa
Shigeru Wesugi Professor/ Waseda University, / Tokyo
Rena Saijo PD Researcher/ Hokkaido University/ Sapporo
Yu Inutsuka PhD candidate/ University of Tokyo/ Tokyo
Toshihiro Suzuki Professor/ Sojo University / Kumomoto
Shinichiro Inaba Professor/ Meiji Gakuin University/Tokyo
Tora Koyama Lecturer/ Yamaguchi University/ Yamaguchi
Keiko Fukuhara PhD student/ Nagoya Universitys/Nagoya
Shuji Yamada PhD Student/Tohoku University / Sendai
Makoto Kureha Assistant professor/ Osaka University/Osaka
Maxence Gaillard JSPS Postdoctoral fellow/ Rikkyo University /Tokyo
Shoji Nagataki Professor/Chukyo University Nagoya
Tsuyoshi Teremoto Associate Professor/ Chuo University / Tokyo
Masashi Kasaki Associate professor/ Nagoya University, /Nagoya
Atsushi Fujiki Associate professor/ Kobe City College of Nursing/ Kobe
Masahiko Igashira Professor/ Hitotsubashi University / Tokyo
Sebastien Penmellen Boret Assistant Professor/ Tohoku University/Sendai

This Workshop is supported by
NWO-JSPS Bilateral Joint Seminar
JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (18H00601)