About the editor


My name is Andreas Matthias.

I’ve been a full-time software developer, Unix systems administrator, webmaster, and programming languages teacher for over 20 years. I’ve also been a philosophy student, got a PhD in philosophy, and now work as a philosophy teacher at a Hong Kong university.

I am the author of multiple articles on machine ethics and the philosophy of autonomous robots.

I am available for speaking engagements on the topic of robot and machine ethics. I am currently located in Hong Kong, so speaking invitations must include transport arrangements.

Please feel free to contact me at andy@moral-robots.com. I am always happy to receive your feedback, ideas and criticisms!

A selection of some of my publications follows below. The full list is available on my professional homepage: http://www.shufang.net/matthias/


MATTHIAS Andreas (2008). Automaten als Traeger von Rechten. Plaedoyer fuer eine Gesetzesaenderung. (Automata as Holders of Rights. A Proposal for a Change in Legislation), Berlin: Logos, Aug 2008, 273 Pages.

Book chapters

MATTHIAS Andreas (2008). “From Coder to Creator. Responsibility Issues in Intelligent Artifact Design”, Handbook of Research in Technoethics., Rocci Luppicini, Rebecca Adell (ed.), pp. 635 -650, IGI Global Books, Information Science Reference. Hershey/New York.

Journal articles

  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2015). “Robot Lies in Health Care. When Is Deception Morally Permissible?” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal Vol. 25, No. 2, 169–192
  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2011). “Algorithmic moral control of war robots: Philosophical questions.” Law, Innovation and Technology, Volume 3, Number 2, pp. 279-301 (23)
  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2009). “Standpunkt: Rechtsverantwortung Autonomer Maschinen”, Neue Juristische Wochenschrift, Issue 27, pp. 12, CH Beck.
  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2008). “The Responsibility Gap. Ascribing Responsibility for the Actions of Learning Automata.”, Ethics and Information Technology, Vol. 6, Issue 3, pp. 175 -183, Springer.
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  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2016). “Machine ethics and legislation. A few concerns.”, Workshop on Ethics and Public Policy, Hang Seng Management College — Department of Social Science, Shatin, Hong Kong, China, Hang Seng Management College, December 5, 2016.
  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2016). “Machine ethics: Eight concerns”, Engineering Moral Agents — from Human Morality to Artificial Morality, Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, University of Liverpool, London School of Economics, Univ. of the West of England, Univ. of Bergen, Norway. Schloss Dagstuhl — Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik. June 1, 2016.
  • MATTHIAS Andreas, “Is the Concept of an Ethical Governor Philosophically Sound?” Best paper award at TILTing Perspectives 2011: “Technologies on the stand: Legal and ethical questions in neuroscience and robotics”, Tilburg University, Netherlands, April 11-12, 2011.

Other publications, talks, interviews

  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2010). “Ethical Responsibilities of IT Professionals”, Information Security Challenges in Today’s Higher Education Community, Joint Universities Computing Centre (JUCC), Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, May 2010.
  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2010). “Interview: Machines as holders of rights.”, Part of lit.cologne International Literature Festival, March 12, 2010, Mar 2010, Published as WDR radio interview.
  • MATTHIAS Andreas (2008). “Interview: Strafrecht fuer Roboter: Maschinen sollen fuer eigene Fehler haften.”, Spiegel Online Wissenschaft. Hamburg, Germany., Aug 2008.