What is a robot with Dr. David J. Gunkel, April 18 

The Center for Data, Ethics, and Society will welcome Dr. David J. Gunkel for a discussion of his new book, “Person, Thing, Robot: A Moral and Legal Ontology for the 21st Century and Beyond,” on Thursday, April 18, at the 707 Hub. Details and registration are online.

In his new book, Gunkel sets out to answer the vexing question: What exactly is a robot? Rather than try to fit robots into the existing moral and legal categories by way of arguing for their reification or personification, Gunkel argues for a revolutionary reformulation of the entire system, developing a new approach to technology ethics that can scale to the unique opportunities and challenges of the 21st century and beyond. 

Gunkel is an award-winning educator, researcher and author specializing in the philosophy of technology with a focus on the moral and legal challenges of artificial intelligence and robots. He is the author of over 90 scholarly articles and has published 13 books.