Budapest Workshop on Philosophy of Technology 2019

Date: 12-13 December 2019

Venue: Budapest University of Technology and Economics Building "Q" 2 Magyar Tudósok körútja 1117 Budapest Hungary

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Workshop Program

Thursday, 12 December, 2019.

8:45-9:15 Registration
9:15-9:30 Welcome
9:30-11:00 Session 1
Laura Corti. (Campus Bio-Medico University, Italy) What is a robot? From an ontological/functional perspective to a relational definition
Lorenzo De Stefano. (Univerisity of Naples Federico II, Italy) From Pebbles to Hyperobjects. Some consideration the social foundation of technology
Alexandra Karakas. (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) How to prevent malfunction in technical artefacts? Maintenance, function, and malfunction in technology
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break Coffee Break
11:15-12:45 Session 2A Session 2B
Daniel Bardos. (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) Defining life and the technological challenges of searching for alternative microbial life Auli Viidalepp. (University of Tartu, Estonia) A ‘work of art’: depicting artificial creatures in science fiction narratives
Reto Gubelmann. (Universities of Zurich and St.Gallen, Switzerland) The Linguistic Capacities of Neural Networks Eszter Héder-Nádasi. (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) Life saving technologies and places in medical series
Jan Schmutzler. (Albert-Ludwig-Universität, Freiburg) The influence of conscious control on the feeling of autonomy in patients with AI-controlled brain implants Jesse de Pagter. (TU Wien, Austria) Trust in robots and their futures: Understanding the role of speculation and imagination
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Session 3A Session 3B
Koji Tachibana. (Kumamoto University, Japan) AI and the cultivation of human moral emotion Akos Gyarmathy. (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) The user’s expected value: risk, benefit and rational choice concerning digital traces and privacy
Virág Véber. (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary) On Biased Self-driving Cars Mihail-Valentin Cernea. (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania) Moral Pluralism and Data-Driven Morality in the Big Data Industry
Robin Kopecký and Michaela Košová. (Charles University in Prague, Czechia) How virtue signalling makes us better: Moral preferences with respect to autonomous vehicle type choices István Danka (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) and János Tanács (John von Neumann University) Loss of knowledge, unintelligibility of technological rules and violation of regulation in the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster
Mihály Héder. (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) On the applicability of Ethics Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence Aleksandra Kazakova. (Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia) Reflexivity in Curriculum: Risks, Safety and Ethics in Engineering Education
16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-17:45 Session 4
Darryl Cressman. (Maastricht University, Netherlands) Re-Considering Critical Theory after the Empirical Turn
Phil Mullins. (Missouri Western State University/Polanyi Society, United States) Modern Social Imaginaries and AI: Polanyian Notes
Hermann Diebel-Fischer. (Universitaet Rostock, Germany) Robots, moral agency, and blurred boundaries
17:45-18:00 Break
18:00-19:15 Keynote
Mark Coecklbergh (University of Vienna, Austria) Artificial Intelligence: Ethical issues and policy directions
21:00-23:00 Conference Dinner

Friday, 13 December, 2019.

9:30-11:00 Session 5
Hesam Hosseinpour. (University of Tartu, Estonia) Disobedience: Threat or promise
Eugenia Stamboliev. (University of Plymouth, United Kingdom) From Moral Care Robots to Ethical Tracking Devices
Aron Dombrovszki. (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary) The Double Standard Between Autonomous Weapons Systems and other AI Technologies
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:45 Session 6A Session 6B
Radu Uszkai. (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania) A Theory of (Sexual) Justice: the revised roboethician's edition Agostino Cera. (Università della Basilicata, Italy) Beyond the Empirical Turn (Elements for an Ontology of Engineering)
Chang-Yun Ku. (Academia Sinica, Taiwan) When AIs Say Yes and I Say No — On the Tension between AI’s Decision and Human’s Decision from Epistemological Perspective Daniel Paksi. (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) The Problem of the Living Machine according to Samuel Alexander’s Emergentism
Temitayo Fagbola (Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria) and Surendra Thakur (Durban University of Technology, South Africa) Towards the Development of Artificial Intelligence-based Systems: Human-Centered Functional Requirements and Open Problems Jacopo Giansanto Bodini. (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France) Is there an ideology of new technologies? The immediation of experience and the information of desire
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Session 7A Session 7B
Ricardo Rohm. (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The Architecture of Misinformation and Democracies in South America Paul Grünke. (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) Opacity in Machine Learning
Mattis Jacobs. (University of Hamburg, Germany) Blockchain and its New Trust Model: How Implicit Assumptions on the Nature of Trust Shape Our Understanding of an Emerging Technology Dániel Gergő Pintér and Péter Lajos Ihász. (SZTAKI Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungary) The Use of Natural Language Processing AI techniques in corporate communications
Karoline Reinhardt. (IZEW, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany) A diversity-sensitive social platform: Ethical Questions from the Project "WeNet - The Internet of Us" Krisztina Szabó. (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) “Not Exactly Reading” – The Nature of Reading in the Era of Screen
Jernej Kaluža (Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana, Slovenia) Ambiguities with The Algorithms of Hate Cristina Voinea. (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania) The emperor’s new clothes: private governance of online speech
16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-17:45 Session 8
Jurgis Karpus (LMU-Munich, Germany), Adrian Krüger (LMU-Munich, Germany), Bahador Bahrami (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany) and Ophelia Deroy (LMU-Munich, Germany) The future of human-AI cooperation
Zsolt Ziegler. (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary) The values of automatisation research and development
Anda-Maria Zahiu. (University of Bucharest, Romania) Autonomous decision-making: A potential ethical problem for immersive VR technologies

Theme of the Workshop

The second Budapest Workshop on Philosophy of Technology will seek to explore a wide variety of topics connected to the Ethics of AI, Epistemology of Engineering and the Metaphysics of Artifacts. Any other high-quality submissions in the field of philosophy of technology are welcome.

Keynote Speaker: Mark Coeckelbergh, University of Vienna

Call for Abstracts (Now Closed)

You can present at the workshop by submitting an abstract, which will be peer-reviewed. Abstracts are welcome in the following topics:

  • ethics of AI
    • ethics of autonomous cars and other robots
    • responsibility of AI creators
    • artificial minds and consciousness
  • fake news, social media and the digital life
  • general philosophy of technology
    • epistemology of engineering
    • tacit knowledge in engineering
    • ontology and metaphysics of technology

… and in any other related issues.

The expected length of the abstract is 250-500 words. The language of the workshop is English, and there will be no registration fee.

Submission portal (Now Closed)

Submission portal is available here!

Deadline for abstract submission: 14 August 2019. 23:59 UTC.

Notification of acceptance/rejection: Monday, 2 September, 2019 (Originally it was 31 August 2019. Sorry for the delay, we promise to keep it under 48 hours)


A peer-reviewed open-access journal issue will be created after the workshop. The deadline for submission will be about two months after the workshop so that discussions at the event can be incorporated into the paper.

All presenters are encouraged to submit a full paper, but it is not mandatory. All submitted full papers will be peer-reviewed. Therefore, presentation at the Workshop does not automatically grant publication.

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The full papers of the last workshop, BudPT17 were published as an edited volume at Vernon Press: Essays in Post-Critical Philosophy of Technology

Organizer Institution

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) Economic and Social Sciences (GTK)

Local Organizing Committee

  • Mihály Héder, lead organizer Associate Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science
  • Eszter Héder-Nádasi, assistant lecturer, Department of Sociology and Media Studies at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Alexandra Karakas, PhD student, Eötvös Loránd University

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