Showing posts from June, 2010

Apple issues advice to avoid iPhone flaw Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

50 philosophical ideas for the future

From the editorial: The 50th issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine is now on its way to readers and bookshops around the world. Regular readers will notice that, in many ways, the special issue is very different from the 49 that preceded it. Celebration and celebrant are somewhat out of sync. What we’ve done is invited 50 philosophers to each outline one of the most important ideas in philosophy of the 21st century so far.

NYT: I.B.M.'s Supercomputer to Challenge 'Jeopardy!' Champions

A long but absolutely MUST read: Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Forth Valley Royal Hospital to use robot 'workers' Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Avatar, Personal Identity, and The 4th Revolution

Avatar, Personal Identity, and The 4th Revolution

US debates its broadband future

Is net neutrality becoming a dogma? Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Bill Gates offers $10m fund for mobile banking in Haiti

An African lesson duly learnt (but not in Europe, where legislation currently makes mobile banking impossible). Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Clones of bomb-sniffing dog delivered to Jeju police

"Researchers led by cloning expert Hwang Woo-suk have delivered five clones of an active police search dog to the Jeju Provincial Police agency, which plans to use the animals for bomb detection and other missions."

Wikileaks site unfazed by arrest of US army 'source'

Information transparency is not always welcome. Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

University guide 2011: Philosophy

University guide 2011: Philosophy "The study of how to think about ideas and ask questions about truth, right and wrong - includes ethics, history of philosophy, logic."

Cloud Matters: Ethics and Policy in the Digital Age

Cloud Matters: Ethics and Policy in the Digital Age 6th July 2010, 10.00 – 17.00, The Royal Society, London Jointly hosted by the RCUK Digital Economy Programme and the Royal Society The emergence of cloud computing and the establishment of commercially viable cloud based services offers tremendous potential for a future digital economy. Many companies are already providing utility computing services with on-demand access to storage and computation facilities. The advocates of cloud computing suggest that the move to utility computing represents a paradigm shift in how we might exploit computer systems and the Internet and that it will promote creativity and the new forms of entrepreneurship needed to fuel the growth of a digital economy. They also suggest that this will have a profound impact on us all and will shape an increasingly digital society. Cloud computing requires us to embrace a globally connected infrastructure with data and computation moving away from our persona

Interfacing with our machines

Blogging a blogger who liked the World Science Festival panel on minds and machines.

Smart clothes offer emotional aid

Smart as in smart weapon, not as in elegant Armani. Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Bletchley Park WWII archive to go online Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

PhD Grant. Models and simulations in engineering

PhD Grant. Models and simulations in engineering The PhD Grant is part of the project PROCEED: A Program of Research on Opportunities and Challenges in Engineering Education in Denmark. The overall objective of PROCEED is to investigate how engineers and engineering educators are responding to the environmental, socio-economic and scientific-technological challenges facing their profession. It is organized as a strategic alliance among four universities in Denmark (Aalborg, Ã…rhus, Roskilde, and the Danish Technical University) with international collaborators in the United States, the Netherlands, Australia and Vietnam. This special PhD project is related to a thematic project which studies the role of models and simulations in engineering. It is well known that today computer simulations and mathematical modeling are an essential part of engineering work. They are important both as tools in engineering research and as tools for solving concrete practical problems in industry and o

Mind And Machine: The Future of Thinking Friday, June 4, 2010, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM NYU Skirball Center "Creative thought is surely among our most precious and mysterious capabilities. But can powerful computers rival the human brain? As thinking, remembering and innovating become increasingly interwoven with technological advances, what are we capable of? What do we lose? Join Luciano Floridi, John Donoghue, Gary Small and Rosalind Picard for a thought-provoking program about thinking."

PHEADE 2010 - The Engineered Singularity

The 2nd PHEADE International Conference under the theme: THE ENGINEERED SINGULARITY October 26-28 (30) 2010, Suceava & Cernovtsy (Romania & Ukraine) Keynote speakers: Marcelo Dascal (Tel Aviv ) Luciano FLORIDI (Hertfordshire and Oxford) Lorenzo MAGNANI (Pavia) From the website: “The Singularity is the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence” (SIAI = the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence). The Engineered Singularity is subject for: metaphysics, philosophy of engineering, philosophy of technology, philosophy of the artificial intelligence, philosophy of computing, philosophy of mind, theology, technoetics, neurobiology (of wisdom), psychology of the artificial intelligence, a.o. They will all claim the right to debate around the near arrival of the Singularity. Some of the most renowned international researchers of these fields will share and debate their ideas on the Engineering of the Singularity du

Police investigate Habbo Hotel virtual furniture theft

It would be nice to have a better ontology of the virtual. Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device
Philosophy & Technology ISSN: 2210-5433 website: submission: Philosophy & Technology Best Paper Prizes 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 ( ). Each nomination must include the paper (fo