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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Ethics/Morality symposia at AISB/IACAP 2012, 2-6 July 2012, Birmingham, UK.

In honour of Alan Turing's Centennial we are running three symposia under the broad remit of ethics,
agency and artifacts.  These will be held during the week 2-6 July 2012 at the AISB/IACAP World 
Congress in Birmingham, UK.


The three symposia will be presented in the order below over the period of the Congress, with 
exact days determined by the quality of submissions to each.  Reviewing will be collaborative: 
papers submitted to one symposium may be recommended to another.  We hope to present a coherent 
and thorough investigation of the science, philosophy, practise and broad social implications of 
AI and Robot Ethics.  We invite submissions to each and all of the below.  The deadline for all 
three symposia is 1 February 2012.

-- Framework for Responsible Research and Innovation in AI

     This symposium focuses on ethical practise among AI practitioners.
     How can engineers and AI practitioners identify & address ethical
     issues in their work?  The ethical issues here are broad, and
     relate to previous work under the remit of the European Commission
     and the EPSRC.

-- The Machine Question: AI, Ethics, and Moral Responsibility


     This symposium focuses on the possibility, ethics and impact of AI
     systems being taken as moral agents (agents responsible for their
     actions) and moral patients (agents to whom we have moral
     obligation).  The focus is moral philosophy and the broader ethical
     system into which AI moral agents and patients would fit.

-- Moral Cognition & Theory of Mind


    This symposium focuses on the requirements for a moral agent: how to
    build ethical sensitivity, awareness, reasoning, or constraints into
    machines, and what such work tells us about moral agency more
    generally.  The focus is proximate, for example representational
    requirements and theory of mind considerations.

The Organisers (respectively):

   - Bernd Carsten Stahl, Marina Jirotka, Grace Eden
   - Joanna J. Bryson, David J. Gunkel, Steve Torrance
   - Marcello Guarini & Paul Bellos.

(Notice generated by Joanna Bryson