CEVAST is a new hope for technology ethics, says Forbes magazine

20. 09. 2019

The Karel Čapek Center for Values in Science and Technology (CEVAST), formed last year under the Czech Academy of Sciences, is quickly gaining a reputation of a foremost European institution dealing with emerging issues in technology ethics. Most recently, Forbes magazine has taken notice of CEVAST, praising it for „immediately convening important meetings in artificial intelligence and robot ethics“ and calling it “a new hope in Prague.”

The Center, bearing a name of the legendary Czech writer who invented the word “robot,” was established in October 2018 as a mutual effort of three institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Institute of Philosophy, Institute of State and Law, Institute of Computer Science) and the Faculty of Science at Charles University. Besides the ethics of robots, the Center deals, for example, with issues connected with autonomous vehicles, i.e. self-driving cars.

Forbes magazine has now conducted an in-depth interview with the Center’s co-founders, philosophers David Černý and Tomáš Hříbek, who discussed, for example, ethical dilemmas that need to be solved before self-driving vehicles are put to use, differences between European and American approaches to the ethics of autonomous driving, as well as the future plans of the Centre.

The whole article with the interview can be freely accessed here.

Original Czech text prepared by: Milan Pohl and Markéta Růžičková, Department of Media Communication of the Head Office of the CAS