November 18, 2016 – November 19, 2016
Interdisciplinary perspectives on moral and legal issues in artificial agents
Artificial Intelligence systems have become an important part of our everyday lives. What used to be a subject of science fiction novels and movies has trespassed into the realm of facts. Many decision making processes are delegated to machines and these decisions have direct impact on humans and societies at large. This leads directly to the question: What are the ethical and legal limitations of those artificial agents? Issues such as liability, moral and legal responsibility (in different contexts: from autonomous cars to military drones) are coming into the forefront. It is clear that some constraints should be imposed; both the unintended and often unforeseen negative consequences of the technological progress, as well as speculative and frightening views of the future portrayed in the works of fiction, leave no doubt that there ought to be some guidelines. The problem is to work out these constraints in a reasonable manner so that machine can be a moral and legal agent, or else argue that it is impossible and why. Many researchers are endeavouring to bring the moral dimension of autonomous non-human agents to the public eye. There are academic groups that attempt to forestall or halt the militarization of autonomous agents, such as the International Committee for Robot Arms Control. South Korea and other countries are working to adapt their legal systems to account for the new reality.
The goal of the conference is to approach this question from various perspectives: of philosophy and ethics, law, robotics, and cognitive science. It is our hope that a stimulating exchange of ideas between scholars from different disciplines will generate new insights regarding the moral and legal dimension of Artificial Intelligence and develop further the ongoing debate on this subject.
This conference is a follow-up of the very successful AAAI Spring Symposium on „Ethical and Moral Considerations in Non-Human Agents” that was organised at Stanford University, March 21-23, 2016.
Jagiellonian University (the Institute of Philosophy and the Department for the Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics), Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Jagiellonian University’s Cognitive Science Student Association