Materiali didattici corso di storia e filosofia dell’informatica

Avviso per gli studenti dell’Insubria: tutti i materiali didattici sono disponibili sia qui, sul mio blog, che sulla piattaforma di e-learning d’Ateneo. In particolare, per coloro che intendono proseguire a Gennaio 2011 con le parti su Epistemologia, deontologia e etica dell’informatica, i materiali aggiuntivi vengono messi come risorse su detto corso, raggiungibile sulla piattaforma per gli studenti.

Alcuni articoli che analizzeremo sono già in linea, nonché le istruzioni LaTeX per scrivere l’approfondimento. Chi vuole portarsi avanti, dunque, può farlo.

Open access to all papers published in Logica Universalis is avalaible up to December 31st

FYI:

Open access to all papers published in Logica Universalis is avalaible up
to December 31st:
http://www.springer.com/birkhauser/mathematics/journal/11787

The latest issue of the journal is on the topic “is logic universal?”
The authors have tried to answer the following questions:

1. Do all human beings have the same capacity of reasoning? Do men,
women, children, Papuans, yuppies, reason in the same way?
2. Does reasoning evolve? Did human beings reason in the same way two
centuries ago? In the future will human beings reason in the same way?
Are computers changing our way of reasoning? Is a mathematical proof
independent of time and culture?
3. Do we reason in different ways depending on the situation? Do we use
the same logic for everyday life, in physics, and in questions to do with
the economy?
4. Do the different systems of logic reflect the diversity of reasoning?
5. Is there any absolute true way of reasoning?

You can freely download all the papers

Privacy and Due Process after the Computational Turn

FYI:

Philosopher’s Reading Panel at the CPDP2011 on:

Privacy and Due Process after the Computational Turn
Philosophers of law meet data scientists and philosophers of technology
26th January 2011 9.30-17.30

Organization:
Mireille Hildebrandt (Law Science Technology and Society, Vrije
Universiteit Brussel and Erasmus University Rotterdam), with Solon
Barocas (New York University) and Katja de Vries (Law Science
Technonology and Society, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Risk assessment, credit-scoring, marketing, anti-money laundering data
mining techniques, criminal profiling, customer relationship management,
predictive medicine, e-learning, and financial markets all thrive on
data mining techniques that enable a novel abductive type of knowledge
construction based on a type of computation not within the reach of the
human mind.

This colloquium will confront philosophers of law with the implications
of emerging technologies, such as smart environments, that thrive on
knowledge discovery in databases. Also, it aims to inquire into the
implications of the relevant knowledge claims from the perspective of
philosophy of technology.

Contributors:

DATA SCIENCE: Lorenzo Magnani is a philosopher and cognitive scientist
and a professor at the University of Pavia, Italy; Martijn van Otterlo
is a computer scientist and a postdoc in the DTAI group at the Computer
Science department of KU Leuven. PHILOSOPHY OF LAW: Ian Kerr holds the
Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology at the University of
Ottawa Faculty of Law. Antoinette Rouvroy is a life-time research
associate at the Belgian FRS – FNRS (National Fund for Scientific
Research) and senior researcher at the Information Technology and Law
Research Centre (CRID) of the University of Namur, Belgium, PHILOSOPHY
AND ETHICS OF TECHNOLOGY: Helen Nissenbaum and Finn Brunton, Helen
Nissenbaum is professor of Media, Culture & Communication and Computer
Science at New York University, Finn Brunton, is a postdoctoral
researcher at New York University, he will present their paper at the
Reading Panel. Elena Esposito teaches Sociology of Communication at the
University of Modena-Reggio Emilia.

Format:
The aim is to have an intense meeting of minds within a seminar setting.
The reading panel will start off with 2 keynote papers by specialists in
‘data science’, followed by keynote responses by 2 philosophers of law
and 2 philosophers of technology. All papers are meant to address the
challenges of the computational turn. During the reading panel session
(1 full day) 1.5 hour will be reserved for each keynote paper
(presentation, replies and discussion). The idea is that all
participants will have studied all papers in advance, so presentations
can be brief, focusing on intra-panel discussion and discussion with
other participants.

Participants must register for the CPDP2011 Conference, via:
http://www.cpdpconferences.org/guidelines.html

Appunti dal quaderno del corso di storia e filosofia dell’informatica

Cari studenti, ho appena pubblicato le spiegazioni extra-presentazioni che abbiamo fatto alla lavagna la lezione scorsa, riguardanti il metodo diagonale di Cantor e il paradosso di Russell. Le potete trovare sul mio profilo Slideshare e sui Teaching Documents nel mio profilo Academia.edu.

Is logic universal?

FYI:

A special issue of the journal Logica Universalis dedicated to the question “is logic universal?” has been released.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/120443/?Content+Status=Accepted

The authors have tried to answer the following questions:

1. Do all human beings have the same capacity of reasoning? Do men, women, children, Papuans, yuppies, reason in the same way?
2. Does reasoning evolve? Did human beings reason in the same way two centuries ago? In the future will human beings reason in the same way? Are computers changing our way of reasoning? Is a mathematical proof independent of time and culture?
3. Do we reason in different ways depending on the situation? Do we use the same logic for everyday life, in physics, and in questions to do with the economy?
4. Do the different systems of logic reflect the diversity of reasoning?
5. Is there any absolute true way of reasoning?

Petizione salvacorsi di storia ed epistemologia dell’informatica

Un mio studente insubre e soprattutto amico, Andrea Gervasini, non ha gradito che tra gli altri numerosi tagli effettuati dall’Università dell’Insubria ci siano i corsi di Storia dell’Informatica e della Comunicazione digitale, di cui sono titolare per il corrente anno accademico 2009-2010, e di Epistemologia, Storia e Deontologia dell’Informatica, di cui sono stato tutor per un po’ di anni, sulla docenza del prof. Gaetano Aurelio Lanzarone, che ha deciso di non tenere più il corso per motivi di salute.

Per questo motivo ha aperto una petizione on line di supporto ai due corsi. Non è ancora troppo tardi, infatti, se si raggiunge un buon numero di firme si può farlo rpesente a chi di dovere e vedere se si possono cambiare le carte in tavola. Ma non c’è molto tempo. Penso che i miei studenti degli anni passati possano prendere in considerazione l’idea di firmarla, questa petizione (naturalmente, possono firmarla anche tutti gli altri).

Il problema è molto semplice: i dané, il ghello, money. Oggi io non ho più un assegno di ricerca, perciò l’unica speranza è che almeno uno dei due corsi, quello di Storia dell’Informatica, mi venga pagato. L’altro rischia di fare una fine peggiore, perché non sta per essere semplicemente disattivato ma proprio cancellato con la applicazione della legge 270 del riordino della didattica. Il che francamente è un peccato, perché l’Insubria era all’avanguardia su questo campo, non essendoci altrove nessun corso di filosofia dell’informatica in Italia, ad oggi.

E sì che l’area di ricerca computing and philosophy a livello internazionale è attivissima, basti vedere l’associazione di riferimento, la IA-CAP!

Insomma, se firmate, studenti o non studenti, a me farebbe molto piacere.

WikiProject Philosophy

FYI

Whether you love or hate Wikipedia, you cannot deny its influence
internationally. Usually when people google a term, the Wikipedia entry is
the first thing that is listed. More and more, people make links in their
correspondence to Wikipedia articles so as to clarify their point. However,
Wikipedia does not work without the support of the community.

That is why I am writing to let PHILOS-L subscribers know that there is an
organized international community whose purpose is to improve the quality of
Wikipedia content that is related to Philosophy. It is called WikiProject
Philosophy .

There are all kinds of ways to help; from very brief, small, and simple
proofreading; to researching and improving articles to “Featured Article”
status. There are also many different kinds of tools available to make your
WP experience more convenient.

Get a free Wikipedia account and join the project! The project monitors
about 12,000 articles, in every area of philosophy. It only takes a small
bit of effort to create a “watchlist” of articles for topics that you care
about, so that you can periodically monitor any changes. It only takes a few
Ph.D.s with such a watchlist, dropping in from time to make a very big
difference. There is a common discussion area for people interested the
philosophy content, and collaboration is encouraged. Also, join one or more
task forces specific to your area of interest. There are 21 task forces
organized by field, era, and tradition. There is one just right for you!

Here are a few other suggestions for ways you can help:

1) Join a discussion about the content of a particular article on its
associated “talk” page, or join the general discussion at WikiProject
Philosophy.

1) Assess and peer-review articles.
2) Monitor a watchlist of your favorite topics.
3) Monitor new articles as they are created by others or create new articles
for topics that are not covered yourself.
4) Monitor articles proposed to be deleted or propose some to be deleted
yourself.
5) Suggest to others (perhaps your students) that they monitor articles
about the topics about which they are knowledgeable.

I invite your correspondence on these and any other matters. Be well,

Greg Bard
http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Gregbard

Two prizes in Philosophy and Technology

Philosophy & Technology
ISSN: 2210-5433
website: http://www.springer.com/13347
submission: http://www.editorialmanager.com/phte/

Every year, Philosophy & Technology offers up to two prizes, worth € 500 each (€ 250 in cash and € 250 in books published by Springer), awarded to the authors of unpublished research papers that make an outstanding contribution to the field of philosophy and technology broadly conceived. The winning papers are published in Philosophy & Technology. All shortlisted authors are invited to submit their papers for publication in the journal.

The papers are judged in November each year, using the criteria of clarity of presentation, novelty of contents, and potential impact.

All nominations received are assessed by the Editorial Board.

Nominations must be submitted by email to the editorial assistant, Mrs Penny Driscoll (p.j.driscoll2@herts.ac.uk). Each nomination must include the paper (formatted according to the standards of the journal), one letter of support explaining (in no more than 1000 words) how it meets the criteria listed above, and a brief cv of the author(s). Please indicate in the subject of the email: “Submission for Philosophy & Technology Best Paper Prize”.

Authors are welcome to nominate their own papers.

Submissions for Best Paper Prizes are always welcome. The 1st of November is the closing date for each year competition.

For further information, please contact the editorial assistant, Penny Driscoll (p.j.driscoll2@herts.ac.uk).

Conference: the engineered singularity

FYI

2nd Philosophy of Engineering and Artifacts in the Digital Era conference

THE ENGINEERED SINGULARITY

October 26-28, Suceava (Romania)

Confirmed invited speakers and plenary presentations (to be completed):

Marcelo Dascal, Luciano FLORIDI, Lorenzo MAGNANI

“The Singularity is the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence” (SIAI).

The Engineered Singularity is subject for: metaphysics, philosophy of engineering, philosophy of computing,computer science, philosophy of mind, theology, neurobiology, technoetics a.o.

They will all claim the right to debate around the near arrival of the
Singularity.

The conference will have several sessions (3 dimensional = traditional, poster & online), with no more than 20 papers for each session):

– Singularity, Intelligent Artifacts and Technoetics
– God, Singularity and Apocalypse
– Windows on and Faces of Singularity
– Humanism, Transhumanism and Singularity
– Mind, Logic, Information and Singularity
– Singularity and Complexity

Important dates

Extended Submission of the Abstracts: Jully 15th, 2010
Notification of acceptation: July 30th, 2010
Extended abstracts (1000-1500 words) for papers suitable for no more than 40-minute presentations to: pheade2010@yahoo.com

Double blind review.

Best papers and posters awarded by ROSPHET

Proceedings will be published in a special issue of ROSOPHYA Journal

A special book of report will be published by Cambridge Scholar Publishing

The previous volume derived from the PHEADE 2009 conference is:

Viorel Guliciuc and Emilia Guliciuc (eds.) (2010) Philosophy of
Engineering and Artifact in the Digital Age, Cambridge Scholar
Publishing, ISBN: 1443819700 ISBN-13: 9781443819701

Fees: 75 € – for the book of abstracts, 4 nights at *** hotel, food, social program.

A free journey to the famous remote Painted Moldavian Monasteries from the mythical county of Bucovina (UNESCO World Heritage Monuments) – on October 29 is included.

For those interested in, there will be also organized a trip to the
beautiful city of Chernovtsy, Ukraine – on October 30 (for an extra 25 €) with a special visit of the National State University Iurii Fedkovici a.o.

Scientific Committee (provisory):

Yolanda Angulo PARRA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexic
Diab M. Al-BADAYNEH, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Jordan
Alexandru BOBOC, c.m. of the Romanian Academy
Gheorghe CLITAN, Vest University, Timisoara, Romania
Marcelo Dascal, University of Tel Aviv
Teodor DIMA, c.m. of the Romanian Academy
Emanuel DIACONESCU, c.m. of the Romanian Academy
Piotr BOLTUC, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland
Luciano Floridi, University of Herdforshire, U.K.
Ionut ISAC, Gheorghe Baritiu Institute of the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca
Romeo IONESCU, “Stefan cel Mare” University, Suceava
Lorenzo MAGNANI, University of Pavia, Italy
Sorin-Tudor MAXIM, “Stefan cel Mare” University, Suceava
Florin Munteanu, Romanian Center for Complex Studies – an UNESCO Center, Romania
Dan MILICI, “Stefan cel Mare” University, Suceava
Kuruvilla PANDIKATTU, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Poona (Pune), India
Boris Plahteanu, National Institute for Inventics, Iasi, Romania
Bogdan POPOVENIUC “Stefan cel Mare” University, Suceava
Colin T.A. SCHMID, Le Mans University, France
Traian-Dinorel STANCIUKLESCU, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania
Cristian SUTEANU, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
Raymond TURNER, University of Essex, U.K.
Co-chairs: Viorel GULICIUC & Emilia Guliciuc “Stefan cel Mare”
University, Suceava

Second International Workshop on the Philosophy of Information

FYI:

SECOND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF INFORMATION

May 20-21, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

The annual workshop on the philosophy of information is organized by the
research group on Philosophy of Information (GPI) of the University of
Hertfordshire and the Information Ethics Research Group (IEG) of the
University of Oxford. The first workshop was held in November 2007 at the
University of Oxford. The second one will take place May 20-21 in Ankara,
Turkey, hosted by the Philosophy Department of Bilkent University. The
third will be held in November 2010 at the Center for Logic and Philosophy
Science of Brussels Free University. The annual workshop series aims to
provide an informal environment in which scholars working on the
Philosophy of Information can share their works in progress without any
time constraint. The main topic of the second workshop is the formal and
ethical aspects of the philosophy of information. For details as to the
content and how to participate, please contact the local organizer, Hilmi
Demir, at hilmi@bilkent.edu.tr.

Location: Bilkent University Campus, Ankara, Turkey

Confirmed Speakers: Luciano Floridi, Alexandru Baltag, Sebastian
Sequoiah-Grayson, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Sonja Smets, Patrick Allo, Giuseppe
Primiero, Matteo Turilli, David Davenport, Christoph Schulz