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    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2001
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      >New Media Research - info from newmediaresearch-help@...

      >CEPE 2001
      >Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiries
      >IT and the Body
      >December 14-16
      >Lancaster University
      >email: cepe@...
      >Aims etc.
      >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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