Collective Book: “Artificial Intelligence and Information: A Multidisciplinary Perspective”

Call for Abstracts

Editors: Steven S. Gouveia (PhD Student - University of Minho)

João de Fernandes Teixeira (Federal University of São Carlos)

Confirmed contributors:
- Nicole Hall (Institut Jean Nicod, École Normale Supérieure)
- Ben Goertzel (Chief Scientist of robotics firm Hanson Robotics / CEO of SingularityNET)
- Eray Orzkul ( Bilkent University / AI Director at EHealth First ICO)
- Susan Schneider (University of Connecticut / Princeton / Yale)
- Roman V. Yampolskiy (Director of Cyber Security Laboratory, University of Louisville)
- Frederic Gilbert (University of Tasmania)

Publisher: Vernon Press.

The accelerated growth of technologies related to the Artificial Intelligence raises considerations that must be rigorously evaluated. Due to the Media attention or the huge amounts of funding, it is urgent that we begin the public debate on all the issues related to the application of Artificial Intelligence in everyday life. The impact of these technologies will be an intrinsic part of all aspects of our life: in our home, in our body, in health care, in war, etc. Thus, the relationship between machines and humans seems to be increasingly close, and it can reach to the point of extinction of the purely biological. As A.I. may be the last human invention, we should think carefully about all the scientific, political, ethical, legal, and philosophical aspects that surround it. The aim of this collective book is to bring together a diverse group of researchers from varied perspectives and backgrounds to discuss the numerous aspects of the existence of an Artificial Intelligence that will regulate our entire life in the near future.



Topics and issues of interest include (but are not limited to):

Track A: Human-Technology Interfaces
- History and Philosophy of Brain-Computer Interfaces;
- Conceptual issues (what is and what is not a BCI);
- Neural prostheses, neurochips and neural interfaces;
- Brain-Machine interfaces and its applications;
- Invasive, Partially Invasive and Non-invasive BCIs;
- Eletronic neural networks and brain-to-brain interfaces;
- Future directions and challenges;

Track B: Philosophy and Ethics of Information
- Conceptual nature and basic principles of information;
- Unified theory of information and logical theories of information;
- The symbol-grounding problem and the gettier problem;
- the 4th Revolution: the impacts of ICTs and the infosphere;
- The Design of Internet Architecture and Human Rights;
- The Ethics of Big Data and Cloud Computing: the Right to be forgotten;
- Theoretical Foundations of Computer Ethics;

Track C: Artificial Intelligence
- History and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence;
- Artificial General Intelligence and Friendly AI;
- Artificial neural network models;
- Computational Theories of Mind versus Biological Theories of Mind;
- Weak AI, Strong AI and Skepticism;
- Logic versus Anti-Logic approaches to AI;
- Embodied, Enactive, Extended and Embedded approaches to AI;
- Machine Learning and Quantum Computation;
- Robots replacing humans (Moley robotics, Everwin Precision Technology, Da Vinci (surgery), Humanoid robots, Robot sex, Nursing, Health Care, Law, etc.);

Track D: General Ethical Considerations
- The Consequences of BCI technology, the side-effects and alteration of personhood;
- Blurring of the divison between human and machine;
- Therapeutic applications and their possible exceedance (human enhancement), mind-reading and privacy, mind-control, use of technology by governmental authorities;
- Animal welfare and experimentation;
- Risks of an uncontrolled AI development (the Control Problem, Robots of War, Virtual Reality Torture, etc);
- Existential Risks (Hawking, Musk, Bostrom, Gates);

Track E: Transhumanism
- Whole Brain Emulation (mind-uploading) and life extension technology (digital immortality);
- Moore’s Law, computer power and technological singularity;
- Brain simulation and reverse-engineering;
- The problem of Personal Identity (Ship of Theseus) and survival;
- The enhanced carnality of Post-Biological Life and Neurobotics;
- Superintelligences, Virtual Reality and Natural Cyborgs;

Track F: Ethics and Law of Artificial Agents
- Artificial Agency and Moral Status of robots;
-  Ethical and Moral Considerations in Non-Human Agents;
- Programming Machine Ethics;
- Robots, AI Revolution and Unemployment;
- Political, legal and ethical consequences of non-human agents;

Track G: Open Track (other topics)
- The Imaginary of Artificial Intelligence in the Arts (film, series, literature, etc);
- Dystopian narratives, privacy and freedom of speech;
- Robotic Art and Art Machines;
- Other topics related with Artificial Intelligence.


How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page proposals at including an annotated summary, a short biographical note and (if available) a list of similar titles.

Deadline: June 15th, 2018


About the publisher

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This proposal is due on June 15th 2018.

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