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Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and (Quasi-) Human Rights

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      *** CALL FOR ABSTRACTS EXTENDED***

      > NOTE: The original submission deadline is January 12, but late
      > submissions will be considered. Please contact the Programme Chairman
      to determine how much time can be given to you. Also, please note that
      only brief submissions are required.
      >
      >
      > Symposium on
      > Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and (Quasi-)Human Rights
      > ********************************************************
      >
      > at
      >
      > "Time for AI and Society"
      > 2000 Convention of the Society for the Study of
      > Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour
      > (AISB-00)
      >
      > 17th-20th April 2000
      > University of Birmingham, England
      >
      > THE SYMPOSIUM WILL TAKE PLACE OVER TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS
      > DURING THE CONVENTION.
      >
      > EXACTLY WHICH DAYS THOSE ARE WILL BE DECIDED NEARER
      > THE CONVENTION DATE.
      >
      >
      > Symposium URL: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~jab/AISB-00/Rights/
      >
      >
      >
      > NATURE OF THE SYMPOSIUM
      > =======================
      >
      > The symposium is concerned with the ethical and rights issues that are

      > raised by AI. Some are as old as AI while some arise because of recent

      > developments. Some concern threats to human rights, others concern
      ways
      > in which AI could support human rights, some involve the detection of
      > unethicality, and yet others are about the rights, if any, of
      > intelligent artefacts. The issues range from the very practical to
      the
      > highly philosophical.
      >
      > Human rights are an increasingly topical concern in world politics,
      and
      > a highly appropriate subject to address in 2000. The increase in the
      use
      > of computers and electronic communication, and the gradual increase in

      > the use of AI in computers and communication, is revolutionizing many
      > aspects of life, including in ways that deeply affect human rights and

      > raise new ethical issues (and old issues in new or intensified forms).

      >
      > Specific issues for the Symposium include but are not limited to:
      >
      >
      > -- DANGERS FROM AI USAGE BY GOVERNMENT etc.
      >
      > :: automated monitoring of conversations (phone, email, web) by
      > governments
      >
      > :: automated plagiarism detection
      >
      > :: responsibility for errors in expert systems and self-modifying
      > systems
      >
      > :: does a welfare state have a duty to ensure
      > people have <I>human</I> teachers/lawyers/doctors...?
      >
      > :: does you have the right to know you are speaking to an artefact
      > when seeking advice over the phone, etc?
      >
      >
      > -- BENEFITS
      >
      > :: intelligent web crawlers for detecting danger to human rights,
      > e.g. detecting neo-Nazi organizations
      >
      > :: a possible human-rights protection measure:
      > implants that report assaults on person to distal agencies
      >
      >
      >
      > -- ENCOURAGEMENT OF UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR BY INDIVIDUALS
      >
      > :: AI-aided misrepresentation of oneself over the web
      >
      > :: use of AI in excessively violent computer games
      >
      >
      > -- THOUGHT ABOUT HUMAN ETHICS & RIGHTS
      >
      > :: can artefacts think well about human ethics, or is human
      > grounding needed?
      >
      > :: VR scenarios (aided by AI technology) as providing alternative
      > worlds in which to study ethical and rights issues
      >
      > :: diminution of respect and rights for humans because of rise of
      > intelligent artefacts
      >
      >
      > -- RIGHTS OF ARTEFACTS
      >
      > :: should intelligent artefacts have "human" rights?
      >
      > :: to what extent does having rights require having consciousness?
      >
      > :: is it ethical to create computer simulations of pain?
      >
      >
      > -- LEGAL ISSUES associated with any of the issues above.
      >
      >
      >
      > Papers are welcomed on these and other issues. There is plenty of
      scope
      > for lively, interdisciplinary debate at the Symposium, as well as
      > opportunities for taking stock of the current situation and the
      > prospects for the next few years.
      >
      >
      >
      > Please also see the
      > Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Legal Reasoning
      > (http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~mgl/aisb/symposia/peterson.html)
      > in the same Convention.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > SUBMISSIONS: DESTINATION AND FORMAT
      > ===================================
      >
      > Papers will be selected by BLIND anonymous peer review of EXTENDED
      > ABSTRACTS of between TWO and FOUR A4 pages (or 8.5in by 11in pages),
      > including figure captions and foot/endnotes, but excluding title etc.,

      > bibliography, acknowledgments and the graphical bodies of figures.
      >
      > A cover page or easily separable initial section should be supplied
      > listing the paper title and the authors' names and affiliations, but
      the
      > remainder of the document should NOT specify the authors or
      > affiliations. Be especially careful that names and addresses do not
      get
      > included at the end of an email submission. To the extent possible,
      the
      > body of the abstract should be written in such a way that the authors
      > and affiliations cannot readily be identified from the content or
      > citations.
      >
      > Submissions should be sent to the Programme Committee Chair, as
      > specified below. Submissions should be ONLY IN PLAIN-TEXT EMAIL.
      Please
      > do NOT send only an attachement in Word, Postscript, or whatever. If
      you
      > need to submit artwork, please contact the Programme Committee Chair.
      >
      >
      > TIMETABLE
      > =========
      >
      > 4-page Extended Abstract submission deadline:
      > Wednesday 12 January 2000
      >
      > Extended Abstract acceptance/rejection:
      > Monday 31 January 2000
      >
      > Camera-Ready Full Paper submission deadline:
      > 13 March 2000
      >
      > The full papers are for inclusion in a SYMPOSIUM
      > PRE-PROCEEDINGS to be published by AISB.
      >
      >
      >
      > PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
      > ===================
      >
      > Prof. John Barnden (CHAIR)
      > --------------------------
      > School of Computer Science
      > University of Birmingham
      > Birmingham B15 2TT
      > U.K.
      > http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~jab
      > J.A.Barnden@...
      >
      > Dr William Edmondson
      > --------------------
      > School of Computer Science
      > University of Birmingham
      > Birmingham B15 2TT
      > U.K.
      > http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~whe/
      > W.H.Edmondson@...
      >
      > Prof. Karamjit S. Gill
      > ----------------------
      > Division of Information Science
      > School of Info. Management
      > University of Brighton
      > Brighton BN2 4GJ
      > U.K.
      > http://www.it.bton.ac.uk/im/
      > K.S.Gill@...
      > Editor of the journal AI & Society:
      > http://www.it.bton.ac.uk/research/seake/ai_soc.html
      >
      >
      >
      > Dr Blay Whitby
      > --------------
      > School of Cognitive & Computing Sciences
      > University of Sussex at Brighton
      > Brighton BN1 9QH
      > U.K.
      > http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk/users/blayw/
      > blayw@...
      >
      >
      >
      > THE WHOLE CONVENTION
      > ====================
      >
      > The Programme Overseers and Local Arrangements Chairmen are:
      >
      > Prof. John A. Barnden & Dr. Mark G. Lee
      > School of Computer Science
      > University of Birmingham
      > England.
      >
      > {J.A.Barnden,M.G.Lee}@...
      > http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~{jab,mgl}
      >
      > Work: (+44) (0)121 414-{3816,4765}
      > Fax: (+44) (0)121 414-4281
      >
      > NOTE: Please address all enquiries about the SPECIFIC SYMPOSIUM
      > featured
      > in this call to the Programme Chair(s) above, NOT to Barnden or
      Lee.
      > In particular, please do not send submissions to Barnden or Lee.
      > Barnden and Lee welcome general enquiries about the Convention.
      >
      > The whole Convention will largely consist of some Keynote Talks and
      > about nine Symposia on a wide range of topics in Artificial
      Intelligence
      > and Cognitive Science. Underlying subthemes of the Convention will
      > include but will not be restricted to: applications of AI to society;
      > how AI can change society; how society affects individual cognition;
      how
      > individual agents work together; society-of-agents views of individual

      > cognition; and how agents deal with time and change outside and within

      > themselves. Please see the Convention web page (above) for
      descriptions
      > of the individual Symposia.
      >
      > The Keynote Speakers will be ALAN BUNDY from the University of
      > edinburgh, GEOFFREY HINTON from University College, London (England),
      > MARVIN MINSKY from MIT, and AARON SLOMAN from the University of
      > Birmingham (England). The keynote talks will be plenary events.
      >
      > Convention URL: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~mgl/aisb/
      >




      Vydhehi Rajapillai
      Research Student
      School of Information, Faculty of IT
      University of Brighton

      Tel:01273 642535
      Email:v.rajapillai@...
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