2-6 July 2012
Professor of Philosophy and UNESCO Chair in Information
and Computer Ethics at the University of Hertfordshire,
and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford.
His most recent books are: The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011), Information - A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010), and The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (CUP, 2010). In 2012 he received the Covey Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy.
From AI to the Philosophy of Information: Doing Philosophy after Turing
In this talk, I outline three main philosophical lessons that we may learn from Turing's work on AI and from his famous test, and how they lead to a new philosophy of information. After a brief introduction, I discuss Turing's work on the method of levels of abstraction (LoA), and his insistence that questions could be meaningfully asked only by specifying the correct LoA. I then look at his second lesson, about the sort of philosophical questions that seems to be most pressing today. Finally, I focus on the third lesson, concerning our new philosophical anthropology that owes so much to Turing's work. I then show how the lessons learnt are taken up by the philosophy of information. In the conclusion, I draw a general synthesis of the points made, in view of the development of the philosophy of information itself as a continuation of Turing's work.
Tuesday, 3 July 2012, 11:30am
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