Philip Brey, professor of philosophy at the University of Twente and ESDIT program leader, has won the 2022 Weizenbaum Award. The award is awarded every two years to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of information and computer ethics through his/her research, service, and vision. The recipient’s work should have broad professional, theoretical or societal impact.
The Weizenbaum award is a prize named after the German-American computer scientist and philosopher Joseph Weizenbaum, who was a pioneer in the study of the ethical implications of computer technology. Weizenbaum is also known for his development of the chat bot ELIZA in 1966, a precursor of current large language models like ChatGPT.
The award is an initative of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). An award ceremony will take place May this year, at the 2023 conference Computer Ethics Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) in Chicago, USA.