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Symposium on
Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and (Quasi-)Human Rights

Wednesday 19th April (all day) & Thursday 20th April (morning only)


"Time for AI and Society"
2000 Convention of the Society for the Study of
Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour

17th-20th April 2000
University of Birmingham, England



The symposium is concerned with the ethical and rights issues that are raised by AI. Some are as old as AI while some arise because of recent developments. Some concern threats to human rights, others concern ways in which AI could support human rights, some involve the detection of unethicality, and yet others are about the rights, if any, of intelligent artefacts. The issues range from the very practical to the highly philosophical.

Human rights are an increasingly topical concern in world politics, and a highly appropriate subject to address in 2000. The increase in the use of computers and electronic communication, and the gradual increase in the use of AI in computers and communication, is revolutionizing many aspects of life, including in ways that deeply affect human rights and raise new ethical issues (and old issues in new or intensified forms).

Specific issues for the Symposium include but are not limited to:

There is plenty of scope for lively, interdisciplinary debate at the Symposium, as well as opportunities for taking stock of the current situation and the prospects for the next few years.

Please also see the Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Legal Reasoning.

Papers by most of the authors in the timetable will be included in a SYMPOSIUM PRE-PROCEEDINGS to be published by AISB. It will be made available at the convention.


John Barnden (CHAIR) School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
William Edmondson School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham Birmingham B15 2TT
Karamjit S. Gill
Editor of the journal
AI & Society
Division of Information Science
School of Info. Management
University of Brighton
Brighton BN2 4GJ
Blay Whitby School of Cognitive & Computing Sciences
University of Sussex at Brighton
Brighton BN1 9QH


Click here for Convention webpage and other symposia:

The Programme Overseers and Local Arrangements Chairmen are:

Prof. John Barnden


Dr. Mark G. Lee
School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

Tel: (+44) (0)121 414-3816

Tel: (+44) (0)121 414-4765

Fax: (+44) (0)121 414-4281
NOTE: Please address all enquiries about the SPECIFIC SYMPOSIUM featured in this call to Barnden, not to Lee. In particular, please do not send poster suggestions to Lee. Lee welcomes general enquiries about the Convention.

The whole Convention will largely consist of four Keynote Talks and seven Symposia on a wide range of topics in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. Underlying subthemes of the Convention will include but will not be restricted to:

Please see the Convention web page (above) for descriptions of the individual Symposia.

The Keynote Speakers will be Alan Bundy from the University of Edinburgh, Geoffrey Hinton from University College, London (England), Marvin Minsky from MIT, and Aaron Sloman from the University of Birmingham (England). The keynote talks will be plenary events.

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