CFR: Workshop “Investigating consciousness in animals and artificial systems: A comparative perspective” (June 2023)

CFR: Workshop “Investigating consciousness in animals and artificial systems: A comparative perspective” (ICA 2023)

Organized by Albert Newen and Wanja Wiese

01.-02. June 2023, Bochum, Germany

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Tentative Schedule:


Albert Newen and Wanja Wiese (RUB, Institute of Philosophy II)


Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Mercatorraum GA04/187 or online via Zoom (NEW: All talks will also be transmitted online)

Thursday, 1st of June 2023

09:30-10:40         Michael Tye: “Can a robot feel pain?”

10:40-11:25         Robert Matthews: “Knowing what it’s like to be an alien form of life”

11:25-11:45         Coffee

11:45-12:30         Albert Newen: „The interaction of theory-heavy and theory-light approaches to animal consciousness: The alarm theory of consciousness and cognitive profiles of animal consciousness”

12:30-14:00        Lunch

14:00-15:10        Eva Jablonka: “The evolution of animal consciousness: The learning route” (Note: The following talk is online only. However, present participants are not required to stream themselves.)

15:10-15:55        Leonard Dung: “Are tests of animal consciousness applicable to artificial systems?“

15:55-16:25        Coffee

16:25-17:10         Angelica Kaufmann: “Individual sentience profiles and why comparative neuroscience research needs them”

17:10-18:20         Cameron Buckner: “Artificial consciousness worth naturalizing: prospects for Large Language Models (e.g. ChatGPT4)”

19:00                     Dinner

Friday, 2nd of June 2023

09:15-10:25         Henry Shevlin: “Mentalising beings: Human anthropomorphism and non-human consciousness”*

10:25-11:10         Wanja Wiese: “Understanding weak and strong artificial consciousness”

11:10-11:30        Coffee

11:30-12:40         David Gamez: “Seeing is deceiving: Why consciousness cannot be inferred from behaviour in animals and artificial systems”

12:40-14:15        Lunch

14:15-15.00         Katharina Dornenzweig: “Sentience in AI and biology: A comparative study of recurrent processing as a way forward”

14:00-15:45         Simon Brown: “Animal points of view in spatiotemporal structures of experience”

15:45-16:05        Coffee

16:05-17:15         Elisabeth Hildt: “Artificial consciousness: Conceptual analysis and ethical implications”

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