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Philosophy is not something that is only of interest to professors behind closed university doors. Philosophy is what we all do when we ask questions like: What is the right thing to do in this situation? Is there a God? Is it right to love a criminal? And, the most important of all: What is the meaning of our short, human life, and how can we live happily and with dignity?

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Dr Andreas Matthias is a philosophy professor and internationally recognised expert in artificial intelligence ethics. Before robot ethics was a thing, he published his PhD dissertation “Automata as subjects of rights” (in German: Logos, Berlin, 2008). Since then he has been teaching philosophy with a focus on AI, ethics, the philosophy of happiness and the philosophy of love at a Hong Kong university, has been a keynote speaker at international conferences, and has published numerous scholarly papers on various philosophical subjects (you can find a complete list at andreasmatthias.com). His most recent books are “Live Happier with Aristotle” (2021) and “Neural Networks Without the Math” (2018), an introduction to neural networks for the non-specialist. He has been publishing articles on daily-philosophy.com for the past few years.

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Dr Andreas Matthias
Assistant professor of Philosophy, specialising in robot ethics and the social implications of AI. Author of multiple books and scholarly papers.