Tech United's care robots: NAO (Aldebaran), HERO (Human Empowered Robot ), PICO (Gostai Jazz), Pepper (Aldebaran), AMIGO (Autonomous Mate for IntelliGent Operations, built by Tech United, TU/e), SERGIO (Second Edition Robot for Generic Indoor Operations (built by Tech United, TU/e) © Bart van Overbeeke

Researchers from Dutch universities are launching a major new research programme into the ethics of disruptive technologies. The ethicists, philosophers and technical scientists have received a grant of 17.9 million euros from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The research should lead to a better moral understanding of the changes that groundbreaking innovations like artificial intelligence and molecular biology have on society. The ten-year programme is a collaboration between the University of Twente, TU Delft, Utrecht University and TU Eindhoven, in which Wageningen University & Research, Leiden University and Utrecht University Medical Centre also participate.

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