3. Autonomous Robots and AI

Chair: Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University: <mscheutz@cs.tufts.edu>)
Chair: Mark Bishop (University of London: <m.bishop@gold.ac.uk>)

Capabilities such as perception, reasoning, learning, and planning allow “artificial cognitive systems” to perform increasingly complex tasks that have often been performed by humans. As a result, interesting philosophical questions arise about the nature of embodied and disembodied artificial cognitive systems, ranging from questions about the extent to which such systems “know what they are doing”, to questions about whether such cognitive systems can have human-like mental states and experiences, to questions about agency and responsibility (e.g., in the case of autonomous robots that interact with humans in social settings).
In line with the general IACAP conference theme – computing and philosophy – this track is open to contributions from all disciplines, but has a particular focus on all aspects of artificial cognitive systems and the philosophical questions that arise from their instantiations and embodiments:
Possible topics include (but are by no means limited to):
– Capabilities and limits of artificial cognitive systems
– The role of autonomous robots in theories of embodiment and situatedness
– Epistemology of autonomous cognitive systems
– Ethical implications of artificial cognitive systems
– Human mental concepts and artificial cognitive systems
– Human interactions with artificial cognitive systems
– Applications of artificial cognitive systems
– Comparison of artificial and natural cognitive systems