Philosophy of Technics. Man, Machine and Artifial Intelligence.

Supplementary Course (German/English), 2 SWH, winter semester

Lecturer (assistant)
Language of instructionGerman
DatesSee TUMonline


In  the lecture we deal with the human-machine interaction and which ethical problems are currently connected by the development of artificial intelligence and could be connected in the future. In addition, the philosophy of technology defines aspects that comprehensively deal with the position of humans in the age of globalization and digitalization. Economic, ecological and social phenomena of technology are considered.

Philosophical methods and Socratic conversation are taught and applied.


  1. Fundamentals on the human side
    • Perception
    • Cognition
    • Motor skills
    • Mental models and errors
  2. Basics on the side of the machine
    • Technical framework
    • Basic rules for UI design
    • Established interaction styles
  3. Development of interactive systems:
    • Basic idea of user centered design
    • Elicit and understand user requirements
    • Sketches and prototypes
    • Evaluation
    • Experience Design
  4. Selected forms of interaction
    • Graphical user interfaces on the personal computer
    • Interactive interfaces
    • Mobile interaction
    • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Course Objectives

A successful attendance to the module enables the students to...

  • After participating in the module, students will be able to, consider the ethical, environmental, economic, and social implications of their actions that are inextricably linked to technology (core competency).
  • They will have understood the historical assumptions that have led to the current understanding of human-machine interaction (basic knowledge).
  • They are able to independently analyze strategies and procedures from historical and contemporary contexts as responsibility ethics in engineering in relation to human-machine interaction (in-depth competence).
  • They independently develop a responsibility ethics basis of their viewpoint on human-machine interaction and AI, historically and presently (Reflective Knowledge).
  • They evaluate moral problems on the basis of questions of human-machine interaction, AI and technology assessment (interpretative competence) and are able to develop proposals for solutions to concrete problems (problem-solving competence).
  • They relate historical-ethical and technical areas of tension in human-machine interaction, AI to their professional context (professional competence).  Specifically, this means they can:
    • Recall and apply ethical theories in engineering,
    • Recall and apply concepts of ethics and their history,
    • Reproduce and critically reflect on exemplary problems in ethics in engineering.


Organizational Matters

Order of the meetings:

  • Weekly regular class, 2 SWH.
  • In the lecture the different competences (core, deep, solution, professional competence) and basics to reflective knowledge are taught by means of the lecture, presentations, film recordings and audio books.
  • In these, the philosophy of technology, the interaction of humans and machines, and the ethical approaches to artificial intelligence are covered according to the definition of the content (see above) in order to give the student:s a comprehensive and deep insight into the most current issues.
  •  A philosophical conversation will take place within the lecture topics, for which the students will prepare themselves and in which they will ask their questions, in order to promote reflectivity, spontaneity, creativity and sustainability.


  • Presentation (20 minutes)  as well as a written paper of up to four pages.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Fluent in English and German.

Consultation Hours

On demand.

Further Information