Lily Eva Frank

Researching the ethics of technology and medicine

I am a Philosopher and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the Technical University of Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. My research is on biomedical ethics, ethics of technology, and moral psychology.

I am a Senior Researcher at the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology and a board member of the TU/e Center for Humans and Technology.

I am also part of the The Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies Research Programme in collaboration with Delft University of Technology, Twente University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Leiden University, Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht, Wageningen University & Research .

I am very interested in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary (intradisciplinary too) collaboration-so please get in touch if you think we might have a shared interest!

You can also find my work on , ResearchGate, and PhilPeople.

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recent and upcoming events

Photo part of her series: LIVING ALONE (TOGETHER) (2020).

Sex, Robots and Artificial Intimacy: a threat or the next best thing?

I am moderating this exciting event, organized by the TU/e Center for Humans and Technology, with a number of internationally renowned speakers, including Kate Devlin (author of “Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots”) and Kathleen Richardson (leader of CASR: Campaign Against Sex Robots).

Social Robotics and the Good Life – The Normative Side of Forming Emotional Bonds with Robots

Spring 2021, International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen

Lily Frank, Sven Nyholm, & Cindy Friedman "Emotional embodiment in humanoid sex and love robots"

Minha Lee, Wijnand IJsselsteijn & Lily Frank, "Whose emotions are second-order artificial emotions?"

August 18-20th, 2021

Lily Frank & Sven Nyholm presenting, Title TBA

Speaking at Brave New World Conference on How Future Technology will Impact Human Life.

University of Technology Sydney Talk on "Sex robots, artificial wombs, behaviour change and the future of technomoral change"

Talk on "Ectogenesis and the future of Abortion" Symposium Artificial Womb, Center for Humans and Technology, TU/e

Interview with Vox "Sex robots are coming. We might even fall in love with them."

A philosophy professor explains why.


October 27 2020 at RUW: Panelist on brain enhancement and alteration with neuroscientist Nick Ramsey and artists Antye Guenther and Jennifer Kanary. Link to event: