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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Symposium on Societal Impacts of Living Machines, 9am5pm, 2nd Aug 2013, Imperial College, London, UK

A Satellite event of the Living Machines 2013 Conference

Symposium on Societal Impacts of Living Machines
9am5pm,  2nd August 2013
Imperial College London

 A Satellite event of the Living Machines 2013 Conference

 Co-organisers: Tony J. Prescott, Michael Szollosy

Registration: 25 Students, 50 non-students via

Aims. To assess the likely societal impacts of advances in Living Machine technologies and the 
ethical and legal issues that arise from these.  The symposium will consider potential impacts 
on human welfare, positive and negative, of developments in areas such as assistive robotics, 
military and surveillance robotics, companion robots, physical and neural prosthetics. 

Plenary speaker
Luciano Floridi, University of Hertfordshire
Learning by Building: The Impact of Living Machines on our Understanding 

Shorter talks
Mark Bishop, Goldsmiths College, London
Mechanical bodies; mythical minds; monstrous dangers?

Joanna Bryson, University of Bath
In group or out group?  The role of living machines in human society

Madeleine de Cock Buning, University of Utrecht
Living machines and law: towards a sustainable normative framework

David Levy, Intelligent Toys, Ltd.
Lovotics and sex with robots

Michael Szollosy, University of Sheffield
A psychoanalytic perspective on fear of automata
Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield
AI and runaway human intelligence

Paul Verschure, University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Pain and the machine: How a robot's pain will assist us in alleviating human suffering

Steve Wright, Leeds Metropolitan University
Challenging the  impacts of self-deciding living machine technologies on privacy and freedom