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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of

The Journal of Experimental & Theoretical
Artificial Intelligence

Title: Inforgs and the Infosphere: Themes from Luciano Floridi’s Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

Guest Editor: Anthony Beavers

Submission Deadline: 1 July 2012

Details: The philosophy of artificial intelligence is undergoing significant transformation in the wake of new technologies and conceptual developments that are having an increasingly widespread impact on the shape of society and human life more generally. Luciano Floridi’s research on the philosophy and ethics of information represents an innovative and fruitful approach to the unprecedented philosophical issues that are arising as a consequence. Since the early nineties, the scope, impact and importance of Floridi’s philosophy of information has grown steadily. The goals of this special issue are to focus on Floridi’s contributions to the philosophy of AI, to provide a systematic analysis of his philosophy and ethics of information in connection with the philosophy of AI, and to stimulate debate on the most distinctive and controversial views that Floridi has defended in this context.
Luciano Floridi
 

Possible topics (with references to Floridi’s work) to be covered by this issue are enumerated below. Papers are requested on any of these themes, though due consideration will be given to other topics as well with priority given on those with a direct connection to AI. The edition will close with an essay from Floridi that will respond to issues raised in this volume.

Papers may be anywhere from 6,000 to 20,000 words in length. They should be formatted in the standard JETAI format.

See the "Instructions for Authors" on http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/tf/0952813X.html or visit http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1362-3079&linktype=44 directly.

Note, however, that papers should be sent directly to the editor at afbeavers@gmail.com indicating that the paper is a submission for JETAI in the subject line. Please do not submit to the ScholarOne submission site.

Possible Topics with Reference to Floridi's Texts

AI and the Semantic Web

The Semantic Web vs. Web 2.0: a Philosophical Assessment, Episteme 6, 25-37, 2009.

Digital vs. Analog Ontology

Informational Realism in Computers and Philosophy 2003: Selected Papers from the Computing and Philosophy Conference (CAP 2003), 7-12, edited by J. Weckert. and Y. Al-Saggaf. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology 37, 2004.

Against Digital Ontology, Synthese 168.1, 151-178, 2009.

A Defence of Informational Structural Realism, Synthese 161.2, 219-253, 2008.

How to Do Philosophy Informationally

How to Do Philosophy Informationally (with G. M. Greco, G. Paronitti and M. Turilli), Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence 3782, 623–634, 2005.

Humans as Inforgs

A look into the Future Impact of ICT on Our Lives, The Information Society 23.1, 59-64, 2007.

Information - A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Information Ethics

Information Ethics, its Nature and Scope in Moral Philosophy and Information Technology, 40-65, edited by J. van den Hoven and J. Weckert. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Check web site for specific topics: http://www.philosophyofinformation.net/.

Light AI

Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction. London - New York: Routledge, 1999.

The Philosophy of Information as a Conceptual Framework, replies to articles published in a special issue edited by H. Demir, "Luciano Floridi`s Philosophy of Technology: Critical Reflections," Knowledge, Technology and Policy 23.1-2, 2010.

Online Identities

Check web site for specific topics: http://www.philosophyofinformation.net/.

The Fourth Revolution

Artificial Intelligence’s New Frontier: Artificial Companions and the Fourth Revolution, Metaphilosophy 39.4/5, 651-655, 2008.

Information - A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

The Knowledge Game: Floridi’s Test for AI

Consciousness, Agents and the Knowledge Game, Minds and Machines 15.3-4, 415-444, 2005.

The Philosophy of Information - Ten Years Later, replies to the articles published in a special issue edited by P. Allo, "LucianoFloridi and the Philosophy of Information," Metaphilosophy 41.3, 2010.

The Method of Levels of Abstraction

The Method of Levels of Abstraction, Minds and Machines 18.3, 303-329, 2008.

The Nature of Artificial Agents

Artificial Intelligence’s New Frontier: Artificial Companions and the Fourth Revolution, Metaphilosophy 39.4-5, 651-655, 2008.

The Nature of the Infosphere

A look into the Future Impact of ICT on Our Lives, The Information Society 23.1, 59-64, 2007.

Information - A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

The Symbol Grounding Problem

A Praxical Solution of the Symbol Grounding Problem (with M. Taddeo), Minds and Machines 17.4, 369-389, 2007.

The Symbol Grounding Problem: a Critical Review of Fifteen Years of Research (with M. Taddeo), Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 17.4, 419-445, 2005.

The Philosophy of Information as a Whole

The Philosophy of Information. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.