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Dr Niël Conradie

Dr Niël Conradie is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Applied Ethics Group of the Department of Society, Technology, and Human Factors at RWTH Aachen University, in Germany. His current research is focused on collective responsibility and how this relates to AI and other emergent technologies. He earned his PhD in philosophy, focussed on the intersection of responsibility and action theory, at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Before this he received his MA in philosophy and BA at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Many emerging technologies introduce concerns regarding the appropriate tracking of responsibility. When dealing with AI, vast and interconnected data systems or robots, it can often be the case that there are too many targets of responsibility involved (the user, the programmer, the designer, etc), to the point where our normal responsibility practices fail us – call these corporate cases. At the same time, in many cases the problem is that there seems to be no viable individual to serve as a target for responsibility, even when responsibility seems clearly called for – discorporate cases. It is important that we investigate whether these apparent breakdowns of our responsibility practices can be overcome by a deeper consideration of the role of collective responsibility in these corporate and discorporate cases.

Areas of Specialization

· Action Theory

· Responsibility

· Moral Psychology

· Normative Ethics

· Ethics of Technology

· AI Ethics