Philosophy after AI 2018

AISB 2018 Convention “AI for Digital Society”

University of Liverpool, UK

4th-6th April 2018

CFP: Philosophy after AI: mind, language and action Symposium

The goal of the one-day symposium Philosophy after AI: mind, language and action, which is part of the AISB 2018 Convention AI for the Digital Society, is to claim for a philosophical approach to the latest issues about the study of human mind developed in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
The debate on themes such as mind and knowledge has been recently considered in some philosophical perspectives which stress their separation from science. On the contrary, the changed scientific conditions are reshaping some philosophical classical themes: the current research in the field of brain computing confirms such assertion.
Four main philosophical issues are the illustration of what is at stake. First, 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. How do IT artefacts matter as scaffolding?
Related to this issue, 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 changing in relation to action because of actions performed by artificial subjects (e.g. the distinction between person, robot and electronic person)? Are such technological developments affecting human sociality 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.
Finally, the philosophical theme of teleology, which has been widely debated in cybernetics, crosses all the issues above mentioned. Functionalism, simulation, representationalism, mentalism, identity of explanatory principles are the philosophical milestones which follow the development of cognitive sciences and AI since the last century.
It can be argued that Simon has addressed the problem that sums up all the issues mentioned above: what does “artificial” mean? According to Simon the artificial life is “genuine life”, although “made of different stuff than the life that evolved here on Earth” (Simon, 1981, p. 33). Taking into account natural and artificial life as genuine does not mean that one is endorsing a well-balanced position in order to elude issues that, according to Minsky (1922; 1955), concern the effect of the technological development and AI on the life of men, without excluding the ethical matter from our lives.

We invite contributions on the following topics (but not exclusively):

Philosophy, science and AI
Mind-body problem and AI
Truth, post-truth and AI
Language and cognition
The self and robotics
Creativity, machine-learning and language
Social media, devices and human sociality

Submissions can be full papers up to eight pages or extended abstracts of two to four pages (including notes and references) to be sent to Giusy Gallo by 25th January 2018.
Please use templates from the AISB website:

Important dates
Submission deadline: 25th January 2018
Notification of acceptance/requests of revisions: 10th February 2018
Camera-ready version: 5th March 2018

Presentation: 20 minutes +10 minutes discussion
Accepted papers/extended abstract will be published in the conference proceedings volume with ISBN provided by AISB.

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

Programme committee
Gianfranco Basti, Pontifical Lateran University
Steve Battle, University of the West of England
Josefina Formanova, Charles University, Czech Republic
Giusy Gallo, University of Calabria, Italy
Raffaela Giovagnoli, Pontifical Lateran University
Gianluigi Greco, University of Calabria, Italy
Claudia Stancati, University of Calabria, Italy

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Philosophy after AI: mind language and action Symposium
2018 AISB Convention
Liverpool, UK

6th April 2018

Session I – chair Giusy Gallo
11:00 – 11:20 Steve Battle, Principles of robot autonomy
11:20-11:30: Discussion
11:30-11:50 Giusy Gallo, Claudia Stancati, Acting robots or ethical machines?
11:50-12:00 Discussion
12:00 -12:20 Christopher Burr, Geoff Keeling, Building machines that learn and think about morality
12:20-12:30 Discussion

12:30-1:30 Lunch

Session II – chair Steve Battle
1:30 – 1:50 Dean Petters, Achim Jung, From the Chinese Room argument to the Church-Turing thesis
1:50-2:00: Discussion
2:00-2:20 Davide Serpico, Marcello Frixione, Can the g Factor Play a Role in AGI Research?
2:20-2:30 Discussion
2:30 -2:50 David Mathers, The Possibility of Indeterminate Cases of Consciousness and the Ethics of AI
2:50-3:00 Discussion

3:00-3:30 Coffee break

Session III, chair Giusy Gallo
3:30-3:50 Jack R. Coopey, Machinics: Philosophy of Computer Science and its relation to Programming, Towards a Contemporary Ontology of Programming as a new Form-of-Life and Technics
3.50-4:00 Discussion