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Proceedings from an International Conference on Computers and Philosophy, i-C&P 2006 held 3-5 May 2006 in Laval, France

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The increasing interaction between Philosophy and Computer Science over the past 40 years has lead to many position taking stances in theories of mind, applied machine-embedded intelligence and cultural adaptations to the onslaught of robots in society. This volume constitutes a key contribution to the body of knowledge within or about the intersection of the two fields. Is there a proper answer to the question of whether machines can think Contemporary thought on computers and Artificial Intelligence is not the exclusive aim of the project the birth of original forms of machine intelligence can inform us about potential human beliefs and permissibility thresholds with regards to technology i.e. are all communities equally footed with respect to machines that speak The texts in the present set of proceedings contain the full-length versions of the papers presented at the i-CP conference. EOARD, along with local authorities, financed this scientific event bringing together specialists in the study of minds and machines from twenty-two countries. Nearly all the papers were presented in English. The texts are divided into four sections. The preliminary section contains Keynote Addresses including the Paul Ricoeur Lecture given by Francis Jacques in French. Section 1 contains the more technical papers, some of which are oriented towards studies in communication. Section 2 contains solid work delving into slightly less scientific notions in order to bring the notions of the mind, cognitive science and values into discussion. The texts in Section 3 take on the logical basis of mind, conceptual relations as well as interrogative techniques. The harmony of the authors work can be underlined thanks to a general focus on the notion of thought, hence the titles of the sections proposed.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Computer Programming and Software

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