We live in a world of always-on ubiquitous forms of data collection and ever-expanding data-based governance. Due to the explosion of sensor driven data, advanced data mining, and predictive analysis algorithms the effects of Big Data may be found in a wide array of fields. Examples include military and civil surveillance, social robotics, the online economy, the workplace, education, and health among others. In addition, sensor-based data are used to govern and control variants of the Internet of Things: smart traffic systems, smart energy systems and many financial systems function without human intervention. Related to these developments, the workshop wants to explore the promising concept of “distributed responsibility”.

By requesting contributions from different fields, e.g. philosophy, computer sciences, robotics, and arts, some of the following questions should be answered:
• What could be an adequate concept of (distributed) responsibility that artificial systems might also meet in the future?
• How is human autonomy and control being addressed to or even substituted by potentially non-human responsible agents?
• What might this mean for the responsible application of concrete technologies like social robots, smart homes, civil and military drones, self-driving cars or financial technologies?
• How do Big Data and the Internet of Things challenge the future of responsibility in social structures like military command chains, social-media communication, e-government, commercials or education?

The requested abstracts should not exceed 1000 words. For the dates and other details of submission please consult the web page http://is4si-2017.org/


Prof. Dr. Mark Coeckelbergh
Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Prof. Dr. Ludger Heidbrink
Department of Philosophy, Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
Prof. Dr. Catrin Misselhorn
Department of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters
Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel, Germany
Prof. Dr. Judith Simon
IT University Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark/Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

MA Phil. Michael Funk
Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Dr. Janina Loh (geb. Sombetzki)
Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Dr. Dr. Sabine Thürmel
Independent Researcher and Lecturer at the Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany