Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

New publication on robotics

The anthology "Evolutionary Robotics, Organic Computing and Adaptive Ambience" examines the implications of using technomorphic and biomorphic metaphors to describe adaptive and intelligent technologies.

Describing the human body as a machine or the operations of a machine as if they were human actors is mostly an unreflective practice in everyday language. However, this kind of technological and biomorphic descriptions of technology and living beings has also found its way into the phraseology of natural and engineering sciences.

The anthology "Evolutionary Robotics, Organic Computing and Adaptive Ambience" provides an interdisciplinary view of both the technical challenges of adaptive, intelligent and self-organizing systems and the technological implications of unreflective metaphorical speech.

Scientists from the engineering sciences, technology assessment and philosophy point out the problems that arise when engineering practices fade into the background of a monistic machine paradigm.

Under the thematic priorities "Life and other Functions," "Agency and Its Application" and "Ethics and Applications," the authors reveal the structures, applications and implications of technomorphic and biomorphic metaphors and examine their methodological, anthropological and normative influence on the development of adaptive and intelligent technologies in order to provide guidance to developers and decision makers. (04.02.2016)

Bibliographic data:

Mathias Gutmann, Michael Decker, Julia Knifka (Eds.)
Evolutionary Robotics, Organic Computing and Adaptive Ambience. Epistemological and Ethical Implications of Technomorphic Descriptions of Technologies. Münster: Lit 2015.
(Hermeneutics and Anthropology, Vol. 6)