Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Transhumanism, Cognitive Enhancement and AI

Minds and Machines
A Journal for Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Special Issue: Transhumanism, Cognitive Enhancement and AI (expected: November 2010)

Submissions are invited for a special issue of the journal Mind and Machines on the topic of transhumanism, cognitive enhancement, cyborgization, uploading and artificial intelligence.

Guest editors:

* James Hughes Ph.D., Public Policy Studies, Trinity College, Hartford CT USA

* Mark Walker Ph.D., Dept. of Philosophy, New Mexico State University

Contact us with any questions at james.hughes@trincoll.edu

Important dates

Submission deadline: Jan. 15, 2010

Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 15, 2010

Final revision deadline: May 15, 2010

Focus of the Special Issue

(see CFP on website)

Possible Topics:

* What philosophical questions are posed by efforts to enhance intellectual, aesthetic and moral abilities with drugs, gene therapies, brain machines and computers?

* What philosophical questions are posed by cyborgization, uploading and the blurring of the real and virtual?

* How plausible are cognitive enhancement, human-machine integration, immersive virtual reality and the brain prostheses?

* How should we regulate cognitive enhancement, cyborgization and uploading?

* Is uploading the mind to a computer platform possible?

* What ethical guidelines should govern uploading and the intentional creation of machine minds?

* What implications do these technologies pose for personal identity and legal personhood? At what point, if any, do machines minds become rights-bearing persons?

* How likely is it that our descendents will be embodied in machines that stand to us in intelligence as we do our hominid ancestors?


We anticipate that this issue will contain around 10 papers and, as a working guide, the papers should be between 4000 and 12,000 words in length.

Formatting instructions

Formatting guidelines are available here:


Submission procedure

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically and in the Microsoft Word (not LaTex) format to james.hughes@trincoll.edu (not to the Springer site), properly formatted, by January 15, 2010.

Full CFP: http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/cfpmm09/


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