Updates 19/10/2010

Updates 19/10/2010


· Invited to robotics retreat to draw up new ‘laws for robot(icist)s’, updating Azimov’s.

· Paper “Do you want a robot lover?” published.

Tom B

· Working on colour.


· Post-doc work.


· Preparing presentation.


· Listened to Barry Smith’s radio show; prompted to think about Libet type results (apparently neuroscientists can now predict a decision to perform simple manual tasks 7-8 seconds before the conscious awareness of deciding) –


· Following submitting essay to Ron, ‘on a brain holiday’.


· Submitted an outline grant proposal on evolutionary explanations of creativity

· Received word that the Machine Consciousness symposium that Rob Clowes, Steve Torrance and I proposed for AISB 2011 in York has been approved.

· Reading Sue Blackmore’s account, in the latest edition of her textbook on consciousness, of my work with Aaron Sloman on explaining qualia.


· I just got notice the end of last week that my examiners have formally been approved. I’m still hoping for an examination before Christmas.

· Otherwise I’ve been proofreading, to bring in some money: a paper on the relationship between individual and corporate responsibility with respect to the Dresden bombings, a book chapter on lessons from iterated prisoner’s dilemma games on cooperation, and a doctoral thesis on gesture in children aged 18 to 30 months. I am giving a talk to the research group here, tomorrow, on Chapter 8 of my thesis, which presents a simple computer application for creating and exploring conceptual spaces. Meanwhile my visiting researcher visa has been approved from 1 January 2011.


· Writing: I’m working on a paper with Tom Froese on an ‘Inter-enactive’ view of agency. For an Italian-based journal called Humana.Mente. I’ve also put in an abstract for a conference in Tilburg which would (if accepted) lead to a paper on Superintelligence and the possibilities for moral status in non-conscious robots. This is to be written jointly with Denis Roche, a research student I have been supervising at Goldsmiths. I am working on a review of a book by Maxine Sheets-Johnstone for JCS, and I am writing a report for CUP for a forthcoming Handbook on Cognitive Science.

· Conferences and workshops: I gave a talk at the recent CEP conference in Oxford on The More-Than-Human Mind: Diverging and Converging Visions. With Rob Clowes and Ron Chrisley, I am coordinating a workshop at the 2011 AISB Convention, to be held at York University.

· Networking: I was at the recent EUCogII conference in Mallorca; I am a member of an Ad Hoc Committee which is developing a set of Rules for Responsibility in Computer Artefacts. This is mainly US-based, but they are keen to extend to Europe. If anyone is interested in knowing more, let me know. The website is https://edocs.uis.edu/kmill2/www/TheRules/. I am working with Mark Coeckelbergh of Twente in Holland, to set up an international network for ethics and artificial agents. We are hoping to organize a small meeting at San Sebastian some time around next spring.

· Sussex: I was pretty busy over the summer putting together this term’s schedule for the COGS Tuesday research seminars. I’m now working on next term – if anyone has any suggestions for speakers, please let me know (particularly people from within Sussex or London-based visitors; we have rather limited funding for external visiting speakers from farther afield, but it’s always good to get more suggestions). Mike Beaton has now taken over as publicity coordinator. I’d like to thank Simon Bowes for all his hard work during last year. Finally: I’ve just had my Visiting Senior Research Fellowship in Informatics renewed for the next 3 years. Thanks to Ron Chrisley for making that possible.


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