Social Robots as mirrors of (failed) communion

Social Robots as mirrors of (failed) communion – Niklas Toivakainen

Abstract: The initial point of this paper is that when we are engaged with the
world, with human beings and morality in a technological or techno-scientific
framework, we are projecting an interest of power — our interest to know how
things “work” — into our conceptual scheme. In contrast to a technological
understanding, I suggest that human beings are characterised by a non-
technological moral necessity. I characterise this moral necessity as an inherent
responsiveness, an I-you relationship, whereas my claim is that a technological
conception of morality takes as its ethical basis collective social identities.