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Brain-Based and Artificial Intelligence: Socio-ethical Conversations in Computing and Neurotechnology

Brain-Based and AI Workshop

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, this workshop seeks to explore the convergences and disparities in approaches to intelligence in neuroscience and computer science. It will reflect on how brain-based intelligence is similar to artificial intelligence (AI) and also how both can be combined in neurotechnology. Based on this, the workshop will explore the ethical and social implications that arise in AI and neurotechnology. We are using the term ‘brain-based’ intelligence to encompass both human and non-human animal intelligence. The workshop aims to advance an interdisciplinary discussion between scientists, practitioners, and scholars around these questions.

Invited Speakers

Maria Gini
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota

Mark Coeckelbergh
Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology
Department of Philosophy
University of Vienna

Mikhail Lebedev
Senior Research Scientist
Center for Neuroengineering
Duke University

Call for Abstracts

We invite presentations from the fields of neuroscience, computer science, engineering, psychology, philosophy, ethics, law, political science, and social science. Topics for presentations may include but are not limited to:

  • Finding a Common Language: Psychology, Neuroscience, and AI
  • Understanding Intelligence: The Physiological and the Mechanical
  • Ethics of Anthropomorphic Design and Processes in AI
  • Ethical and Social Implications of AI and Neurotechnology
  • Rights in AI and Neurotechnology: Policies, Regulations and Legislation
  • Similarities and Differences of Ethics in AI and Neuroscience
  • Science-fiction: Friend or Foe?
  • Merging of Brains and AI Technology
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Hybrid Intelligence

Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words for a 20-30 minute presentation by Friday, March 9, 2018. Please send your abstract to We also welcome your questions or proposals for additional workshop topics.