About us

Who we are

roboethics.ch was initiated by students in the History and Philosophy of Knowledge master programme at ETH Zürich. We wanted to investigate how philosophers could, instead of post-maturative consideration and assessment of technological advances, be also involved in the initial phases of design and development.

 


Marin Aeschbach
MA ETH in History and Philosophy of Knowledge, BA in Philosophy

Marin Aeschbach is a theoretical philosopher writing and publishing on historiography, technology and science broadly construed. He is interested in the epistemological and ontological frameworks guiding public debate on AI ethics and policy. Also a working programmer, he elucidates such frameworks from a practically and historically oriented perspective.


Lisa Schurrer
MA ETH in History and Philosophy of Knowledge, BA in Cultural Studies

Philosophy of technology, feminist philosophy and practical philosophy are the main interests of Lisa. She investigates AI and therefore data based technologies especially regarding the question of power structures in the context of capitalist societies as well as in the context of action theory. In her PhD project at the Chair for Philosophy with Particular Emphasis on Practical Philosophy at ETH, Lisa will investigate how new technologies of communication influence language, society and politics.


Stephan Graf
MA ETH in History and Philosophy of Knowledge, BA in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology

As a historian and philosopher of science and technology Stephan Graf is interested in the study of practices and sites at the intersection of academic and industrial research in the 20th century. He tries to not only shed light on (often already brightly lit) arenas of hyped innovations, but also on less spectacular, enduring processes of technological maintenance and management of material supply chains. In his view, AI is to be understood as a material, historically evolved technology depending on complex, historically contingent networks of upkeep.


Fabienne Forster
MA ETH in History and Philosophy of Knowledge, BA in Literary Studies and Philosophy

Fabienne Forster has a background in theoretical philosophy and is investigating the human-machine-relation in its anthropological and metaphysical consequences. In particular, she pursues the question of how machines have shaped and transformed worldviews and human self-understanding over time. Due to her professional involvement in research and science policies, she is further also interested in the practical perspective of how to achieve meaningful cooperation between research, politics and public administration in the fields of robotics and AI.


Kaj Späth
MA ETH in History and Philosophy of Knowledge, BA in Philosophy

Kaj Späth is a practical philosopher working at the intersection of political philosophy and philosophy of law. The various challenges and the uncertain future democracy is facing today are his main interests. In his writing, he examines not only the ethical implication of technology — new and old — for democratic societies, but also tries to point out the ensuing responsibilities. Kaj is currently pursuing his PhD at the Chair for Philosophy with Particular Emphasis on Practical Philosophy at ETH.

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