Budapest Workshop on Philosophy of Technology 2021
Event Date: 9-10 December 2021
Venue: Budapest University of Technology and Economics Building "E" Egry J. u. 1, 1111, Hungary
Abstracts due (EXTENDED!): 10 September 2021
Notification: (postponed a bit due to the extension) 30 September 2021
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BudPT21 is a face-to-face conference
BudPT21 aspires to be an in-person conference, held in Budapest. Only submit a paper if, at least at the outset, you are willing to visit Hungary. The risks are different for everyone and only you can evaluate those for you. Of course, another wave of the pandemic, accompanied with restrictions may prevent some or even many from visiting. In this case, you will still be able to send in your presentation in a pre-recorded video and publish your paper in the journal. However, we won't turn the event into an on-line conference. The pre-recorded videos will be circulated in email but not scheduled for discussion - any extra time from cancellations will be used for discussion of those works who are presented in-person. While on-line events are great because of their flexibility and low barrier of entry, the atmosphere of a face-to-face event can never be replicated fully and this is exactly what we are trying to create. Thank you for your understanding.
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Call for Abstracts
The third Budapest Workshop on Philosophy of Technology will seek to explore a wide variety of topics connected to the Ethics of AI, Epistemology of Engineering and the Metaphysics of Artifacts. Any other high-quality submissions in the field of philosophy of technology are welcome.
You can present at the workshop by submitting an abstract, which will be peer-reviewed. Abstracts are welcome in the following topics:
- ethics of AI
- ethics of autonomous cars and other robots
- responsibility of AI creators
- artificial minds and consciousness
- fake news, social media and digital life
- general philosophy of technology
- epistemology of engineering
- tacit knowledge in engineering
- ontology and metaphysics of technology
Special Section: Television Series and Philosophy of Technology
In the last couple of years, as a transforming medium itself, television and streaming channels have provided fascinating stories about the development of technology by depicting the effect of these on individuals and societies. Top hit series like Black Mirror and Westworld showed the comprehensive appliance of artificially intelligent systems, brain implants, self-driving cars, and chatbots, among other existing and forthcoming technologies. Are these representations positive or negative, complex or simplistic? What are the roles of humans and machines in these narratives, who develops and controls technologies? How will we as individuals and as a society live in an even more technologized world? And what are the potential effects of television narratives of technology on the millions of viewers?
The section aims to discuss questions like these by focusing on the products of the 21st-century television industry. We welcome presentations on various genres of television series (not only science-fiction).
The expected length of the abstract is 250-500 words. The language of the workshop is English, and there will be no registration fee.
A peer-reviewed open-access journal issue will be created after the workshop. The deadline for submission will be about two months after the workshop so that discussions at the event can be incorporated into the paper.
All presenters are encouraged to submit a full paper, but it is not mandatory. All submitted full papers will be peer-reviewed. Therefore, presentation at the Workshop does not automatically grant publication.
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The program of the first ever workshop, BudPT17, is archived here: https://budpt.eu/BudPT17/
The full papers of the first ever workshop, BudPT17 were published as an edited volume at Vernon Press: Essays in Post-Critical Philosophy of Technology
The program of BudPT19 is archived here: https://www.budpt.eu/BudPT19/program
The papers of BudPT19 were publised in several issues of InfTars (and some are still forthcoming!)
- Agostino Cera. “Beyond the Empirical Turn: Elements for an Ontology of Engineering.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 4 (2020): 74–89. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.4.6
- Paul Grünke. “Chess, Artificial Intelligence, and Epistemic Opacity” Információs Társadalom, 19(4), p. 7–17, 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XIX.2019.4.1
- Mihály Héder. “A criticism of AI ethics guidelines.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 4 (2020): 57–73. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.4.5
- Hesam Hosseinpour. “Disobedience of AI: Threat or promise.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 4 (2020): 48–56. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.4.4
- Alexandra Karakas. “Maintenance, function, and malfunction in technology” Információs Társadalom, 19(4), p. 40–49, 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XIX.2019.4.3
- Aleksandra Kazakova. “Responsibility in biomedical engineering education: a comparative study of curriculum in India, Russia and the USA” Információs Társadalom, 19(4), p. 50–60, 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XIX.2019.4.4
- Chang-Yun Ku. “When AIs Say Yes and I Say No: On the Tension between AI’s Decision and Human’s Decision from the Epistemological Perspectives ” Információs Társadalom, 19(4), p. 61–76, 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XIX.2019.4.5
- Eszter Nádasi. “Surgeons, surgeries, and operating rooms in television medical series.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 2 (2020): 33–54. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.2.3
- Jesse de Pagter. “Trust in robot futures: The role of sociotechnical potential.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 2 (2020): 55–69. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.2.4
- Daniel Paksi. “The problem of the concept of the living machine according to Samuel Alexander’s emergentism.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 4 (2020): 37–47. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.4.3
- Dániel Gergő Pintér, Péter Lajos Ihász. Bridging Natural Language Processing AI techniques and Corporate Communications: towards an integrative model” Információs Társadalom, 19(4), p. 77–99, 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XIX.2019.4.6
- Krisztina Szabó "Not Exactly Reading” – The Nature of Reading in the Era of Screen Információs Társadalom, 19(4), p. 100–114, 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XIX.2019.4.7
- Eugenia Stamboliev. “On Care Robots and the Ethics of Tracking – A Transdisciplinary Ethics on Care Robots seen through a Posthuman and Performative Discussion on Tracking and Data Availability.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 2 (2020): 101–117. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.2.7
- Radu Uszkai. “A Theory of (Sexual) Justice: the roboethician's edition ” Információs Társadalom, 19(4), p. 133–146, 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XIX.2019.4.9
- Auli Viidalepp. “Representations of robots in science fiction film narratives as signifiers of human identity.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 4 (2020): 19–36. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.4.2
- Anda Zahiu. “I, avatar: Towards an extended theory of selfhood in immersive VR” Információs Társadalom, 19(4), p. 147–158, 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XIX.2019.4.10
- Zsolt Ziegler. “Newcomb dilemma in development management.” Információs Társadalom XX, no. 4 (2020): 7–18. https://dx.doi.org/10.22503/inftars.XX.2020.4.1
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (GTK)
Local Organizing Committee
- Mihály Héder, Associate Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Eszter Héder-Nádasi Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Media Studies at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
- Alexandra Karakas, Assistant Lecturer, Department of History and Philosophy of Science; PhD student, Eötvös Loránd University; LENDÜLET Values and Science research group.
Funding and Support
The main founder of this event is the Budapest University of Technology, especially Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and the Department of Philosophy and History of Science.
The event is supported by the Human Centered Artificial Intelligence Masters (HCAIM) INEA/CEF/ICT/A2020/2267304.
The event is also supported by the LENDÜLET Values and Science research group, hosted at ELKH Research Centre for the Humanities.