The Internet of Things (IoT) can bring a lot of significant benefits to society, but what are its ethical implications? For some answers, and& is delighted to welcome Katleen Gabriels, a moral philosopher specializing in computer ethics.
Gabriels studied Germanic languages and Moral Philosophy at KU Leuven, UGent and University of Helsinki. She obtained her doctorate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) with research on morality in the virtual world. She also worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the VUB, and was a visiting researcher at the University of Vienna. Afterwards she worked as an Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. Since January 2019 she has been affiliated with Maastricht University as Assistant Professor, where she is also Programme Director of the BA Digital Society.
Gabriels is the author of Onlife. How the digital world determines your life (2016) and Rules for robots. Ethics in the Times of AI (2019), which was nominated for the Socrates Challenge Cup. She is a board member and deputy chair of ETHICOMP, an international academic organization on computer ethics, and a board member of INSEIT (International Society for Ethics and Informational Technology). The Willy Calewaert Chair 2018-2019 was awarded to her by the Faculty of Engineering Sciences of the VUB. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on the ethical aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the virtualization of moral relations.
Since March 2020 she has a seat on imec's Ethics Commission as an external member.