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Centre for Applied Ethics

Unit for the Ethics of Technology

Head of Unit: Dr Tanya de Villiers-Botha

tdev@sun.ac.za

Tanya de Villiers-Botha is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Head of thh Unit for the Ethics of Technology of the Centre for Applied Ethics. She holds an MA and DPhil in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University. Her research specialisations include philosophy of cognitive science, meta-ethics, and applied ethics, with a specific focus on digital ethics.

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Fabio Tollon

fabio.tollon@uni-bielefeld.de

Fabio is a philosopher of technology. He believes that the development of AI, as a nascent and disruptive technology, might fundamentally change our moral landscape. It is therefore essential that we have a robust meta-ethical grounding in our approach to the ethics of AI. Without rigorous conceptual apparatus we will be lost in our ethical analysis of these emergent and ubiquitous artificial systems. Fabio is currently part of the research training group GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”, funded by the German Research Foundation. His research focuses on the potential for technology to embody moral values, and whether these systems could be moral agents and/or moral patients, and questions of (moral) responsibility