>Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiries
>IT and the Body
>The aim of CEPE2001 is to establish an international multidisciplinary forum
>for the development of innovative debate and dialogue between moral
>philosophy and the emerging field of information and communication
>technology (ICT). The conference aims to foster and promote philosophical
>work, which is intended to make a constructive contribution to the ethical
>questions associated with the adoption, use, and development of ICT. The
>conference committee welcomes work of high quality regardless of school of
>thought or philosophical tradition from which it derives.
>The main topic of CEPE2001 is IT and the Body
>Information and Communication Technology is becoming increasingly pervasive.
>We use ICT in most human activities. McLuhan describes ICT as the world's
>nervous system (others talks of it as an extension to the senses of human
>beings). ICT is not just a metaphor of the body (and vice-versa) or a
>metaphor for the empowerment of the human body. It can be viewed as a real
>extension of the human body. Examples of this are Bionics (the science
>studying the possibilities of partly or totally implanting artificial pieces
>of human bodies as eyes, arms, legs, brain, etc.) and the advances in the
>Human Genome Project (which is, to a large extent, a bio-informatics
>research programme). Furthermore, in health care, many of the medical
>procedures are computer assisted (for example NMR - Magnetic Nuclear
>Important philosophical and ethical questions arise from examples such as
>these. Are the inner connections between ICT devices and our nervous system
>a loss for our privacy and human dignity? Is it fair to repair damaged
>brains with computer-assisted interfaces? Are there limits to using computer
>technologies as a support for artificial pieces in the human body? Should a
>human be considered a cyborg if most of his body is artificial? Do they have
>rights to citizenship? Is there an ethics of the post-human? Such questions
>involve many philosophical and ethical concepts such as: personhood,
>personal identity, the right to privacy, the right to health, the right to
>personal data ownership. Other philosophical challenges about our body are
>raised from Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
>Papers on other topics that cross the fields of medicine, computing and
>ethics are also welcome.
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