Philosophy after AI 2019

AISB Convention “Artificial Intelligence, Imagination and Invention – A[I]3”
Falmouth University, 16th – 18th April 2019

Philosophy after AI: language, imagination and creativity Symposium

Philosophy after AI symposium, which is part of the AISB 2019 Convention Artificial Intelligence, Imagination and Invention, claims for a philosophical approach to the latest issues about the study of human mind developed in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
The goal of the second one-day symposium Philosophy after AI is to investigate the philosophical roots of imagination and creativity and the role they play in AI researches and/or, conversely, how much they have changed (and are changing) after AI developments.
The first edition of the symposium has been devoted to themes such as mind and knowledge, in some philosophical perspectives which consider the changed scientific conditions which are reshaping some philosophical classical themes. Among the issues to be investigated the mind-body problem and the category of subject need to be deeply explored, from the ethical perspective encouraged last year till a new light given by the philosophical stance on imagination and creativity.
The mind-body problem can be read again involving the neuroscientific research (e.g. mirror neurons, researches on memory and the relationship between brain and action, the reductionist approach), including the provocative theory of the extended mind which enlivened the debate placing the mind-body-scaffolding problem. The second question is about the philosophical category of subject: how to set out the boundaries of the self? How is the concept of subject together with the concept of imagination involved in AI researches? Is human imagination due to be replicated? Are technological developments affecting human creativity in long term?
The third issue concerns the nature of learning and creativity and the current researches in the field of machine learning. Since learning and creativity have been connected to the acquisition of language and the linguistic change, they have been investigated by linguists and philosophers. The development of AI asks for the role the advancement in such field plays in studies devoted to language, including the helpful effect on people with disabilities. Moreover, we should follow the way machines implement human language (e.g. Siri, Cortana, Alexa and many other smart assistants): could machines and human beings understand each other?
Recently AI researchers are developing autonomous machines which can exhibit behaviours as prejudice, identifying, copying and learning them from a big amount of data. This kind of “understanding” and “simulation” requires a philosophical attitude on the power of imaginative dimension of prefiguration of behaviour

We invite talks on the following topics (but not exclusively):
– Linguistics and AI
– AI research on language
– The role of imagination in AI research
– Philosophy, science and AI
– Mind-body problem and AI
– Truth, post-truth and AI
– Language and cognition
– Learning, creativity and AI
– Creativity, machine-learning and language
– Social media, devices and human sociality

Organising committee
Giusy Gallo, Dept. of Humanities, Università della Calabria, Italy –
Claudia Stancati, Dept. of Humanities, Università della Calabria, Italy –

Programme committee
Giusy Gallo, Dept. of Humanities, Università della Calabria, Italy –
Claudia Stancati, Dept. of Humanities, Università della Calabria, Italy –

Submissions should be extended abstracts of one page to two pages (including notes and references) to be sent via easychair:
Full paper of four to eight (including notes and references) to be sent as camera-ready version after the notification of acceptance.

Please use the AISB template:

Submission deadline: 15 January 2018
Notification of acceptance: 11 March 2018
Camera-ready submission: 25 March 2018