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Killing Sophia
Killing Sophia

Killing Sophia

Empathy, Consciousness, and Reason in the Age of Intelligent Robots


University of Southern Denmark Studies i


137 Pages, 5.75 x 8.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $20.00 (US $20.00) (CA $27.00)

Publication Date: July 2022

ISBN 9788740834222

Rights: US & CA

Univ. Press of Southern Denmark (Jul 2022)
University Press of Southern Denmark

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: July 2022


Humanlike robots and digital humans are both fun and useful in many situations. But the more we interact with technology with human traits, the more we believe it to possess real human characteristics like consciousness and personality. As a new breed of artificial beings enter society on a large scale, many of us will start believing they deserve moral consideration and perhaps even rights. In this entertaining and humorously written book, Thomas Telving argues that even though the above scenario is close to inevitable, we should still do all we can to avoid it. Presenting us with thought-provoking future scenarios, state of the art research, and plenty of philosophical thinking, he shows us how to avoid some of the most scary pitfalls of intelligent technology. The book has undergone peer review and is being recommended by various scholars as a relevant read for both academic students and laypeople.


"This entertaining and well-written book introduces a central and crucial topic in AI, Human Robot Interaction and roboethics, namely the question of when robots are or should be recognized as worthy of moral consideration. Answering this question becomes increasingly necessary as robots enter society on a larger scale. The book also contains an excellent outline of classical philosophical discussions related to the field." —Anne Gerdes, Professor in Humanistic Information Studies, University of Southern Denmark  

"The rapid development in (embodied) artificial intelligence is all but certain to change our lives in the coming years. Using a philosophical framework, Thomas Telving convincingly presents a number of pitfalls following a large increase in human-robot interaction. He joins the important roboethic debate on what future we want to live in and what it takes for humanity to keep the upper hand in shaping it." —Tobias Larsen, PhD in Computational Neuroscience from University of Bristol, senior data scientist at Oviva AG  

"Artificial intelligence and advanced robots are increasingly used in science and society, and in many ways they outperform human capabilities. An important question is how our moral and legal stance towards robots will develop when their human likeness increases. In this entertaining new book, Thomas Telving takes us through possible scenarios seen in a philosophical perspective. Enlightening, thought-provoking and highly recommended." —Jacob J. K. Kirkensgaard, PhD, Associate Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Author Biography

Thomas Telving has a long carreer behind him as a PR and Public Affairs Manager. For the past seven years he as been running his own PR Agency. He has an MA in Philosophy and Political Science from University of Southern Denmark and is the author of several articles on the ethics of artificial intelligence. He frequently appears as a speaker on the same topic.