Call: Machine Ethics and Machine Law 2016

Call for Papers

Machine Ethics and Machine Law
Interdisciplinary perspectives on moral and legal issues in artificial agents
November 18, 2016 – November 19, 2016
Jagiellonian University
Cracow, Poland


Abstract submission: 9 September 23:59 CEST
Abstract guidelines: 1000 words, prepared for blind review via website

AI 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. Our machines are tasked with ever more autonomous decisions that directly impact on the well-being of humans. This leads directly to the question: What are the ethical and legal limitations of those artificial agents? 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.

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.


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

Organising Committee:

Bipin Indurkhya (co-chair) Jagiellonian University;
Bartosz Brożek (co-chair) Jagiellonian University;
Georgi Stojanov (co-chair) American University in Paris


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