The resulting questions, including ethical ones, will be studied in the context of a rather ambitious research area - namely the construction of intelligent robot systems. In this research area the question about the cognition of such systems has already arisen. From the view of a researcher big challenges are being posed, for instance in the integration of symbolic and neural mechanisms. On the horizon, the question of understanding or technically realizing first forms of "consciousness" and "freedom" in such systems becomes visible. This can influence our own view of human freedom.
The topic appears even more relevant in the realm of two interesting aspects: On one hand, interesting new markets are being created, such as translation systems, caretaking through robots, etc. On the other hand, one can no longer exclude the possible development of systems possessing a cognitve power akin to that of humans, or even beyond. This talk discusses the involved opportunities and risks, and in particular the topic of responsibility of systems complementing or interacting with the responsibility of individuals.
Translation of the German original of this abstract by Georg Dorffner. Blaim all possible misrepresentations of Prof. Radermacher's ideas to him.