New Book: KILLING SOPHIA
– Consciousness, Empathy, and Reason in the Age of Intelligent Robots
This entertaining and well-written book introduces a central and crucial topic in AI, human-robot interaction and roboethics […] The book also contains an excellent outline of classical philosophical discussions related to the field.
– Anne Gerdes, Professor in Humanistic Information Studies, University of Southern Denmark
Humans and Robots
Can robots develop consciousness? Is it harmless to develop emotional bonds with intelligent technology? Does it make sense to talk about ethics and rights for robots? New technologies raise big questions. Our answers to them will heavily impact the future of human civilization.
In the book Killing Sophia, published by the University Press of Southern Denmark, the Danish philosopher and tech debater Thomas Telving entertainingly tackles some of today’s most important questions regarding artificial intelligence and roboethics.
He strongly warns against believing that human-like robots are alive, which might lead us to assign rights to the technology. A topic which has already been discussed at length in the EU. Thomas Telving also argues points towards risks of commercial manipulation via human-like technology.
Killing Sophia is About …
The book can be read without prior knowledge of philosophy, artificial intelligence, and Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). It is particularly recommended to undergraduates and high school seniors who need an introduction to philosophical and ethical issues with particular relevance to new technologies and in the research area of Human-Robot Interaction.
Quote from Peer Review:
“This entertaining and well-written book introduces a central and crucial topic in AI, human-robot interaction and roboethics, namely the question of when robots are or should be recognized as worthy of moral consider- ation. Answering this question becomes increasingly necessary as robots enter society on a larger scale. The book also contains an excellent outline of classical philosophical discussions related to the field.”
— Anne Gerdes, Professor in Humanistic Information Studies, University of Southern Denmark
Quote from the Author:
“With Killing Sophia, I wanted to put the discussion about robots and humans into a philosophical framework. I believe that an understanding of some of the basic questions of philosophy is essential in order not to overlook significant consequences of implementing robots and AI widely in society. Much of the debate about ethics and AI is about data, and that is important, but we must be careful that the data debate does not overshadow other important issues. I hope my book can help to do that. Both in academic and research environments and in a broader context.”
– Thomas Telving, MA in Philosophy and Political Science, author and consultant
About the Book
Killing Sophia – Consciousness, Empathy, and Reason in the Age of Intelligent Robots
Pages: 137. Price: 20 $
Publisher: University Press of Southern Denmark
Available in Europe, UK, Ireland, USA and Canada
For shipping in Europe please visit Universitypress.dk
Interviews and Talks
Thomas Telving is happy to give both interviews, talks and guest lectures.
He frequently takes the role as Key Note Speaker at conferences and often visits both corporate companies and public organizations with talks and workshops. He is also an experienced lecturer at both high school and university level.
Contact Thomas Telving directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or +45 2479 0322.