In Western societies, we are surrounded by artificially intelligent systems. Most of these systems are embedded in online platforms like Facebook.
But embodiment of AI, be it by voice (Siri, Alexa, Cortana) or by actual physical embodiment (as in the case of robots) give artificially intelligent
systems another dimension in terms of their impact on how we perceive these systems, how they shape our communication with them and with fellow humans and how we live and work together.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together some of the best national and international researchers to discuss and evaluate the state of the art of intelligent automation
and its impact on individuals and society. To achieve this goal, the conference is divided into five sections:
Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
The aim of this section is to provide an overview and a clarification of the concept of artificial intelligence from the point of view of computer science.
Important questions to be dealt with, amongst others, are the following ones: What are the foundations of artificially intelligent systems?
What are the potentials and what are the (current) limits of the power of AI? What are the “grand challenges” in developing AI systems and how are these challenges approached?
Artificial Intelligence and Psychology
Since embodied artificially intelligent systems enter everyday life, humans will not anymore “operate” technology, but live, work and drive with
autonomous systems making joint decisions and negotiating responsibilities. It is therefore necessary to address the question of whether and how
humans perceive these systems as “social” and react “socially”. In addition, the question arises whether we change in the ways in which we communicate
with fellow humans when we increasingly communicate with artificially intelligent systems and tune our communication style to match their restrictions (computer talk).
Artificial Intelligence and Society
In this section, the view shifts from individual human-technology-interaction to the impact artificially intelligent systems have on society.
Import questions in this section are the following ones: How does intelligent automation influence production and markets? How does our society
change with the introduction of autonomous cars, companion robots and smart homes? Where does society welcome intelligent systems and in which
fields do developers and researchers experience reactance and why?
Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy and Theology
This section will deal with philosophical and theological questions concerning both the nature and essence of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on human persons.
On the one hand, it will analyse the very concepts of intelligence, superintelligence, embodiment and the nature of consciousness to elaborate a framework in which to
discuss questions concerning the ontological status and power of artificial intelligence. On the other, questions concerning the relation between theology and technology
and their impact on anthropological and religious worldview will be discussed and critically reflected. Questions to be discussed include the following ones:
Do AI systems possess phenomenal consciousness? Should we be afraid of superintelligent AI? What is intelligence anyway? Could we transfer our consciousness
on a computer (mind-uploading)? Will the digitalisation of society lead to utopian or dystopian futures?
What is the relation between faith in God and the ethics of digitalization? Can AI be integrated into a theological account of the modern world?
Artificial Intelligence and Ethics and Law
The last session deals with ethical and legal questions concerning the development, distribution and use of artificially intelligent systems.
The ethical questions addressed in this section range from moral judgements in and about AI systems to responsible innovation. Moreover, questions
concerning the development of artificially intelligent systems that are involved in decision-making processes are discussed as well as questions
concerning the need to change our legal frameworks to integrate AI-systems