The International Association of Computing and Philosophy Conference, 3 July 2023 – 5 July 2023
Host: CEVAST, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. The conference will be held in the building of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University.
After the highly successful IACAP 2022 meeting at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara California (hosted by the School of Engineering, and in collaboration with the Markkula Centre for Applied Ethics), IACAP is delighted to announce our return to Europe in 2023 with CEVAST and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. Given the improvement of the pandemic, IACAP is pleased to put out this call for abstracts for on-site paper presentations.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 8 May 2023
Conference: 3-5 July 2023
Mark Coeckelbergh (Invited Keynote)
Oron Shagrir (Covey Award Winner)
Kathleen Creel (Simon Award Winner)
IACAP has a long-lasting tradition of promoting philosophical dialogue and interdisciplinary research on all aspects of the digital turn. IACAP’s members have contributed to shaping the philosophical and ethical debate about computing, information technologies, and artificial intelligence. The 2023 annual meeting will continue this tradition and will gather philosophers, ethicists, roboticists, and computer scientists and engineers interested in the following topics:
- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
- Algorithmic Opacity and Bias
- Artificial Life and Moral Agency
- Autonomous Weapon Systems
- Cognitive Science, Computation & Cognition
- Computational Modelling in Science and Social Science
- Computer-Mediated Communication
- Ethical Problems and Societal Impact of Computation and Information
- History of Computing
- Information Culture and Society
- Metaphysics of Computing
- Philosophy of Information
- Philosophy of Information Technology
- Virtual Reality
… and related issues
The meeting will have a main track focusing on topics at the core of IACAP members’ interests. We invite submissions of extended abstracts (up to 1000 words) as well as submission of proposals for symposia.
- The Ethics of Autonomous Military Robots: Modern wars are increasingly fought using artificial intelligence systems and military robots. Recently, the use of fully autonomous military robots that do not require human consent even to carry out a lethal attack has become the subject of widespread ethical debate. Given the topicality and importance of this issue, we have decided to hold a special session at this year’s conference entitled The Ethics of Autonomous Military Robots.
- Minds & Machine Special Interest Group Track: ChatGPT and other generative AIs have produced some impressive results that were formerly thought to be the sole domain of human intelligence. Works of poetry, art, computer code, scholarly analysis, and legal counsel are among the early products, with more sure to follow. With its ability to create novelty from data, has generative AI finally settled the debate on whether machines can think?
- An afternoon with Large Language Models. A special extended afternoon session where attendees will be guided through hands-on explorations of the latest Large Language Models like ChatGPT, Claude, and Bing Chat. We will explore how well these models interact with formal logic, code generation, academic research, large masses of PDFs, and literature searches. We will also demonstrate (and discuss) how these models can be used in the classroom, in ways that will subvert, be indifferent to, or enhance assessments and teaching. All attendees are encouraged to bring questions and their own demonstrations. To join us in the planning of this afternoon, join us on the IACAP Slack!
The 2023 meeting will be hosted in collaboration with CEVAST which was formed in 2018 under the Czech Academy of Sciences in the historic city of Prague. CEVAST has a reputation as a leading European institution dealing with emerging issues in technology ethics.
For more information about venue and registration, see the local organizers’ conference website.