Call: “Machines of Change: Robots, AI and Value Change” Workshop

Call for Papers for Workshop

Machines of Change: Robots, AI and Value Change
1 to 3 February 2022
TU Delft
The Netherlands

Abstract submission deadline: 26 November 2021


We invite contributions to the workshop Machines of Change: Robots, AI and Value Change, to be held from 1 to 3 February, 2022, in Delft, the Netherlands. People interested in contributing to the workshop are requested to submit a 300-word abstract to before 26 November 2021. You will be notified before 15 December whether you are selected for inclusion in the workshop. We expect to be able to select around 15 papers. A limited number of travel stipends will be available for graduate students who face financial constraints, but who are willing to participate and whose abstracts are accepted. We especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. Selected authors are requested to send a draft paper of 3000 to 5000 words before 15 January, 2022. At the workshop, we will discuss the draft papers of the various contributors. After the workshop, we will probably invite a selection of the contributions for a special issue covering the workshop’s themes.


  • Arianna Betti (Professor (Chair) of Philosophy of Language, the University of Amsterdam)
  • John Danaher (Author of Automation and Utopia and Senior Lecturer of Law, Galway University)
  • Bertram F. Malle (Professor, the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University)


Advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics stand to change many aspects of our lives, including our values. If trends continue as expected, many industries will undergo automation in the near future, calling into question whether we can still value the sense of identity and security our occupations once (ideally) provided us. Likewise, the advent of social robots appears to be shifting the meaning of numerous, long-standing values associated with interpersonal relationships, like care, friendship and privacy. Furthermore, powerful actors’ and institutions’ increasing reliance on AI to make decisions that affect how people live their lives, has given rise to the development of new values such as algorithmic transparency, meaningful human control and explainability.

During the Machines of Change: Robots, AI and Value Change workshop, we will explore how the deployment of Artificial Intelligence and robots leads to value change and how we can study value change, as a phenomenon, via these technologies. The workshop will centre around the following three, major themes:

  1. How do AI and /or robotics contribute to value change?
  2. How can we study value change via AI and / or robotics?
  3. How should AI and / or robotics deal with value change?


  • Ibo van de Poel (Professor, Ethics of Technology, at Delft University of Technology)
  • Olya Kudina (Assistant Professor, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology at Delft University of Technology)
  • Steffen Steinert (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology at Delft University of Technology)
  • Tom Coggins (PhD Candidate, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology at Delft University of Technology)


The workshop is part of the project ValueChange that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788321. See:


If you have questions about the workshop or your submission, please direct them to

For submission, please send your abstracts to

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