My research is generally focusing on what I would term as Technology Ethics. This subsumes matters of what has been labeled ICT Ethics, Machine Ethics, Computer Ethics and so on. The aim is to provide critical analysis as well as potential normative guidance to problems and issues connected to today’s and tomorrow’s technology.
In my current PhD project, I am seeking to explore and devise a (naturalistic, non-essentialist, consequentialist) ethical framework set to maximize the preferences/well-being of sentient/preference-possessing beings in a technologically augmented world (regardless of what material they are made of), which will function as the theoretical foundation for my general research.
- Wilhelm E. J. Klein, Vivian Wenli Lin, “Sex Robots” Revisited — A Reply to the Campaign Against Sex Robots, In Proceedings of ETHICOMP 2017, ACM SIGCAS newsletter special issue & Orbit Open Access Journal (forthcoming June 2017)
- Wilhelm E. J. Klein, Riding the Absent Technophant — About the Ethical Obligations that Flow from Technologists’ Expertise-Enabled Moral Intuitions, Presentation at the Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (fPET2016)
- Wilhelm E. J. Klein, Pocket Psychopaths – An Anthropomorphic Intentional Stance to Facilitate Moral Intuitions about (Consumer) Technology, In Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2015 and IEEE Xplore.
- Wilhelm E. J. Klein, AI & Preference Utilitarianism, Presentation at Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence (SIAI) 2015.
- Wilhelm E. J. Klein, Robots & Free Software, In Proceedings of the International Conference on Robot Ethics (ICRE) 2015.
- Wilhelm E. J. Klein, Robots Make Ethics Honest — And Vice Versa, In Proceedings of ETHICOMP 2015 & ACM SIGCAS newsletter special issue
- Wilhelm E. J, Klein, Problems With Moral Intuitions Regarding Technologies – And How To Address Them, IEEE Xplore, IEEE Potentials Magazine, Special Issue June/July 2016
- Wilhelm E. J. Klein, Can We Trust For-Profit Corporations to Protect Our Privacy?, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Special Issue September 2016