Digital technologies have become part of our everyday lives and are increasingly acting as intermediaries in our workplaces and personal relationships or even substituting them. This poses a series of ethical questions that were not relevant for other types of machines and about which we have no previous experience, nor can we reliably predict how they will ultimately influence the evolution of humankind. This has led to the confluence of artificial intelligence (AI) with the humanities in an ethical debate that is starting to bear fruit, not only with the establishment of regulations and standards, but also with educational initiatives in university teaching, professional improvement, and the conformation of public opinion. Interestingly, science fiction (SF) often plays a prominent speculative role in highlighting the pros and cons of potential scenarios, thus favoring an engaging debate on AI and ethics.


artificial intelligence, intelligent robots, service robots, social aspects of automation.

Author keywords

Ethics, Science Fiction, Education, Public Opinion, Future

Scientific reference

C. Torras. Science-fiction: A mirror for the future of humankind. IDEES(48): 1-11, 2020.