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Marianna Capasso is Research Fellow in Philosophy of Technology at the BioRobotics Institute and member of the Research Area in Public Ethics of the Dirpolis Institute. Marianna received her Ph.D cum laude in Human Rights and Global Politics, with a thesis on responsibility and control in relation to the design, use and governance of emerging technologies like AI-driven systems and Online Platforms.

Marianna holds a BA in Philosophy and a MA in Philosophy and Forms of Knowledge from the University of Pisa, and a honours diploma in Philosophy from the Scuola Normale Superiore. During her Ph.D., Marianna spent a period as a visiting researcher in the Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section of the Delft University of Technology.

Her main research interests include: philosophy of technology, political theory, history of modern philosophy, applied ethics. In particular, Marianna's research focuses on Meaningful Human Control, Neorepublicanism, Social Dimensions of Responsibility with AI and Social Robotics, Value Sensitive Design, Industry 5.0.


- Control and Responsibility in Social Robotics, Workshop “Robot Companions for Sustainable Development: Assessing Technology and Social Impact in the Post-Pandemic Era”, 31st IEEE RO-MAN Conference 2022, Naples, 2 September 2022

The Dawn of Social Robots. Insights from Social Norms Theory and Dynamics, Workshop ‘Social Robots between Trust and Deception. The impact on Institutions and Practices’, RoboPhilosophy 2022, Università di Helsinki, 18 August 2022

- Digital Health Nudges. Beyond a matter of Design, Guest Lecture, Course ‘Ethics, Technology and Care Relationship’, PhD Course in Health Science, Technology and Management, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, 1 June 2022 

- Intelligenza Artificiale, Manipolazione e Sfera Pubblica. Verso nuove forme di Responsabilità [Italian; AI, Manipulation and Public Sphere. Towards new forms of Responsibility], Convegno Nazionale della Società Italiana di Filosofia Morale (SIFM), University Roma Tre, Rome, 27 May 2022

- Digital Influences and the Need for Control in the Age of Innovation, Joint Colloquium on Moral and Political Philosophy, organised by the Field of Excellence Climate Change at University of Graz and the Research Area in Public Ethics at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Online, 24 May 2022

- A revised account of Reasons-Responsiveness, Digital Philosophy Seminar, Delft University of Technology, Ethics and Philosophy of Technology Section, Online, 21 April 2022

- Digital Transformation in Healthcare. The case of new skills for Digital Personal Assistants,  Guest Lecture, Course ‘Tecnoetica della medicina diFrontiera’ [TechnoEthics],  Department of Medicine and Surgery, Medicine Enhanced by Engineering Technology (MEET), University of Pisa,
2021/2022, 30 November 2021

- Genetic Engineering and the Human Enhancement Debate. The case of CRISPR-Cas 9, Guest Lecture, Course ‘Tecnoetica della medicina diFrontiera’ [TechnoEthics],  Department of
Medicine and Surgery, Medicine Enhanced by Engineering Technology (MEET), University of Pisa, 
2021/2022, 23 November 2021

- Individual and collective value change: the risk of systemicdomination in the context of Online Platforms, Conference Changing Values and Changing Technologies, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 12-13 October 2021

- Being on the Internet. Some remarks on Autonomy and Application in the digital sphere, International Conference on Digital Technologies, Human Experience and Law,
Centre for Law, Ethics and Digital Technologies, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv, Ukraine, 24 September 2021

- Disagreement in the Digital Sphere. How social media is making us less proportionate, Challenges of Ethical Sustainability. Environment and Emerging Technologies, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, 15 -16 July 2021

- Online Platforms and Political Polarization: Spinoza’s ideas to defend democracy, The Society for Philosophy and Technology Conference 2021, Technological Imaginaries,
Université Catolique de Lille, 28-30 June 2021

- Manipulation as Digital invasion: a neo-republican perspective, “Manipulation Online: Philosophical Perspective on Human-Machine Interactions”, Routledge Edited Volume and Online Workshop Series, February-April 2021 - Jongepier F. & Klenk M. (eds.), 24 March 2021 

- Human Agents as Proxies: Freedom as non-domination (FND) in socio-technical systems, Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations Conference 2020, DesignLab -
University of Twente, The Netherlands, 4-7 November 2020

- Emerging Moral Technologies. On human moral deliberation when confronted with AIS, Graduate Students Seminar, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, 17 December 2019

- Science and Society. Socially Disruptive Technologies in genetic engineering, 4TU. Ethics Bi-Annual Conference “Ethics of Disruptive Technology” , Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, 7-8 November 2019

- Genetic Enhancement: an attempt for an Agency Approach, Third International Workshop on Ethics and Human Enhancement, University of Granada, Spain, 3- 4 June 2019

- Autonomous Systems: a source of good? Towards an ethical analysis of the relation between humans and new technologies,  21st Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (USA), 20- 22 May 2019

- Re-imagining democracy: The social beyond the political,  Politics and Image / Política e Imagem Conference at the University of Coimbra, 15-17 November 2018

- Technology and the Future of Warfare. Towards an account of Meaningful Human Control over Autonomous Weapon Systems, Polemo Symposium 2018, Central European University, 28- 29 September 2018

- Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS): A moral appraisal of the relation between humans and robots, Mancept Workshops 15th Annual Conference, Modern Warfare and the Just War Tradition Panel, University of Manchester, 10-12 September 2018