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1st Global Conference Artificial Intelligence: Exploring Critical Issues
20th to 22nd October 2003, Vienna, Austria

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to
bring together those concerned with the practical, philosophical,
ethical and aesthetic questions raised by A.I. In particular, the
conference seeks to explore the relationship between humanity and
A.I. through theory, applied research, social science and the
fictional worlds of cinema and literature.

Papers, reports, presentations, and workshops are invited on any of
the following key themes:
* A.I. - master, servant, friend or enemy?
* A.I. as 'the other'
* A.I. - science or technology - does it matter?
* A.I. as evolution of the mind/brain
* A.I. as marking the end of the human?
* A.I., the risk society and the accident
* Visions of the future and the role of A.I.
* Human and A.I. free will
* A.I. and the brain sciences
* A.I. and the practice of everyday life
* A.I. and Virtual War: a revolution in military affairs?
* Visions of A.I. - cultural and cross cultural identities
* A.I., humanity and the application of violence
* A.I. as a gendered identity?
* The aesthetics of A.I. - replicating the human and the animal
* Artificial intelligence and artificial emotion?
* The embodiment of A.I. - robot, cyborg or database?
* Crossing boundaries: what makes us human, what makes A.I.
* Defining intelligence from the Turing Test to Bladerunner's
* Cyberpunk and the re-imagining of A.I.
* Shifting identities: portrayals of A.I. in film and literature
* The A.I. 'creation' - victim, hero or villain?
* A.I. as consciousness
* A.I. and Orientalism; is the future Asian?
* A.I. as a failed research programme?

Papers will be considered on related themes. 300 word abstracts
should be submitted by Friday 27th June 2003. Full draft papers
should be submitted by Friday 19th September 2003.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both the Organising Joint
Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF

Christopher Macallister
Department of Politics and IR, University of Kent at Canterbury
United Kingdom
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Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House
149B Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
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The conference is part of the 'Critical Issues' programme of
research projects. It aims to bring together people from different
areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions
which are innovative and exciting.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be
published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be developed for
publication in a themed hard copy volume. The project is also to be
supported by an e-mail discussion group and ISSN e-journal.

For further details and information please go to

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