Call for Papers 3rd Study Day in AI Ethics

The Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ) and the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA) are launching a call for proposals for the 3rd Study Day in AI Ethics to be held online on February 11, 2022, from 9am to 4pm, under the theme “Ethics and Simulation: from AI to Virtual Reality”.

The notion of simulation is at the heart of information technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). Rightly or wrongly, AI can be defined as an attempt to simulate human or animal intelligence. Virtual reality headsets, on the other hand, allow people to immerse themselves in a universe – or metaverse – created by algorithms. In ethics, the notion of simulation has resonances with deception or lying. But it is also a common tool with thought experiments which are indeed simulations of cases allowing us to test our moral intuitions.

During this study day, we wish to look at the ethics of AI and/or VR in all its possible intersections with the notion of simulation. This may include ethical questions about

  • video games
    • simulation and addiction
    • Is it wrong to kill or rape in a virtual world? (VR and illegal behavior)
  • simulation of dead people (as in the novel Manuel de la vie sauvage)
  • deepfakes
  • sex robots
  • the Facebook metaverse
  • economic replacement as a consequence of simulations
  • imagination and AI
    • science fiction
  • simulation of consciousness
    • Could AI have a consciousness?
    • the Turing test
  • Is simulation lying?
    • Is the sense of reality morally important?
    • Can we simulate everything?
  • simulation for training (medicine, police, firefighters, military, etc.)
    • moral education

Presentations will be up to 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute question period.

Send your proposal by December 31, 2021 by email, including the title of your presentation, an abstract of no more than 300 words, and your information (first name, last name, title, institution, affiliation or organization):

We encourage applications from different disciplines (philosophy, bioethics, law, computer science, engineering, operations research, film, communication, education, sociology, etc.) and student applications.

  • Martin Gibert

    Chercheur en éthique de l'intelligence artificielle

    Université de Montréal

  • Hazar Haidar

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Research in Ethics of the Université de Montréal and at the Institute of Health and Social Policy

    Université McGill

  • Alexandra Prégent

    Graduate student, Department of Philosophy

    Université Laval

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