Prof. Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh
Department of Philosophy
University of Vienna
1010 Vienna, Austria
Mark Coeckelbergh (Ph.D., University of Birmingham) is a philosopher of technology. He is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.
He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology, the Journal of Posthuman Studies: Philosophy, Technology, Media, the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Kairos. Journal of Philosophy & Science, Technology & Regulation (TechReg): An international journal of law, technology, and society, and The Journal of Sociotechnical Critique.
Coeckelbergh is member of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence for the European Commission, the Austrian Council on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (Rat für Robotik und Künstliche Intelligenz), established by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, as well as member of the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) for the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.
Previously, he was Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK (staff page). He was also a member of the DMU VirAL group. He also has been teaching at the Philosophy Department of the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and was Managing Director of the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology where he is still an affiliate member. He has been co-Chair of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society Technical Committee on Robot Ethics and in 2014, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Economic Forum – Foundation Industrial Policy and Communication. He has been involved with the European research project SATORI on ethical impact assessment of research and innovation. Currently, he is involved in European research projects in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence (DREAM, INBOTS, The SIENNA Project).
He is the author of Liberation and Passion (2002), The Metaphysics of Autonomy (2004), Imagination and Principles (2007), Growing Moral Relations (2012), Human Being @ Risk (2013), Environmental Skill (2015), Money Machines (2015), New Romantic Cyborgs (2017), Using Words and Things (2017), and numerous articles in the area of ethics and technology, including ICT, robotics, artificial intelligence, for example in medicine and health care, finance, and the military. He also has other research interests such as environmental philosophy, financial ethics, and philosophy of dance.
In 2007 he received the Prize of the Dutch Society for Bioethics (with J. Mesman). In 2014 he was voted Best Lecturer of the Philosophy of Technology Master programme (PSTS) and nominated for the competition Best Lecturer of the University of Twente by the PSTS Board. He has published articles in the Guardian and in WIRED. He is also serving on the Advisory Board of the think thank The Global Future College. Moreover, he is a fellow of the World Technology Network (WTN), finalist of the 2017 World Technology Awards in the category “Ethics”, and in April 2017 he was considered as one of the “Top 50 Belgian tech-pioneers” by De Tijd in the category “Leiders en Denkers”. Recently he has been nominated for UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).
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