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Wilhelm E. J. KLEIN

Dr. Wilhelm E. J. KLEIN

Visiting Fellow, Department of Religion and Philosophy

Phone number3411 7296
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B.A., University of Bayreuth & Hanyang University; M.Sc., University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., City University of Hong Kong

Research area(s):

Technology (Meta-) Ethics

Teaching area(s):

Technology (Meta-) Ethics; Machine, Robot & AI Ethics; Applied Ethics; Animal and Environmental Ethics

Taught previously at:

City University of Hong Kong

Selected output(s):

  • Klein, Wilhelm EJ. 2019. "Exceptionalisms in the ethics of humans, animals and machines." Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society.
  • Klein, Wilhelm EJ, and Lin, Vivian W. 2018. ""Sex robots" revisited: a reply to the campaign against sex robots." ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society 47.4: 107-121.
  • Klein, Wilhelm EJ. 2016. "Robots make ethics honest: And vice versa." ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society 45.3: 261-269.

Current projects/ areas of interest:

  • Continuation of the development of “Vector Utilitarianism”, an ethical framework able to address any technological and/or non-technological entities humanity maycreate or encounter in the present and/or future (e.g. A(G)I).
  • Examination of the connection between especially modern technologies (in-cluding robots and AI) and moral intuitions, and the significance of our apparent lack of such when it comes to abstract technologies.
  • Societal implications of “Algorithmic Determinism” – particularly as this pertains to questions of autonomy and freedom (especially in a digital world).