Dr Niël Conradie is a postdoctoral researcher currently focussing on collective responsibility and how this relates to AI and other emergent technologies. He earned his PhD in philosophy, focussed on the intersection of responsibility and action theory, at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His MA in philosophy and BA were earned at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Niël is a very responsible guy.
Areas of Specialization
- Action Theory
- Moral Psychology
- Normative Ethics
- Ethics of Technology
Niel is teaching a seminar on Moral Responsibility in Winter Semester 2020.
Many emerging technologies introduce concerns regarding the appropriate tracking of responsibility. When dealing with AI, vast and interconnected data systems or robots, it can often be the case that there are too many targets of responsibility involved (the user, the programmer, the designer, etc), to the point where our normal responsibility practices fail us – call these corporate cases. At the same time, in many cases the problem is that there seems to be no viable target for responsibility, even when responsibility seems clearly called for – discorporate cases. My aim is to investigate whether these apparent breakdowns of our responsibility practices can be overcome by a deeper consideration of the roles of collective control, relational autonomy, and distributed responsibility in these corporate and discorporate cases.