We will have six keynotes (see our speakers), three days worth of interesting presentations of papers and an artistic evening programme.

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Moral Machines? Conference 2019 / Abstracts

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

9.00 Opening words (Think Corner, Stage)

9.15–10.15 Keynote I: N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University, USA), Think Corner, Stage: “Cognitive Assemblages and Their Implications for Ethics”
Chair: Hanna-Riikka Roine (HCAS)

10.30–11.00 Coffee break (for speakers, HCAS common room)

11.00–12.30 Morning sessions

Session 1: Moral Machines in Literature and Media (HCAS common room)

Chair: Esko Suoranta (University of Helsinki)

    • Matti Kangaskoski (University of Helsinki): “The Logic of Selection — Values, Opinions, Ethics and Politics on Contemporary Digital Interfaces”
    • Teemu Korpijärvi (the University of Greifswald in Germany and University of Eastern Finland): “Imagining Machine Morals: Predictions on machine morality in science fiction”
    • Maude Riverin (University of Quebec in Montreal): “Women Fighting Back: Resisting Dystopia in Battledream Chronicle’s Techno-Colonial Universe”

Session 2: What Do Algorithms Make of Us? (Think Corner, Think Lounge)

Chair: Marco Piasentier (University of Jyväskylä)

    • Susanna Lindberg (HCAS): “Just Machines”
    • Jill Walker Rettberg (University of Bergen): “Machine Vision: Selfie Filters and Image Recognition Algorithms as Cognitive Technical Systems”
    • Mika Elo (University of Arts Helsinki): “Tagshot”

12.30–13.30 Lunch (for speakers, UniCafe Päärakennus, the main building, Fabianinkatu 33)

13.30–14.30 Keynote II: Maria Mäkelä (Tampere University), HCAS common room: “Social Media as Moralistic Storytelling Machine: Emergent Authority and the Viral Exemplum”
Chair: Hanna-Riikka Roine (HCAS)

14.30–15.00 Coffee break (for speakers, HCAS common room)

15.00–17.00 Afternoon sessions

Session 3: Machines as Artists (Think Corner, Think Lounge)

Chair: Riku Roihankorpi (Tampere University)

    • Mariana Chinellato Ferreira (University of Coimbra): “Creativity in Computer-Generated Narratives”
    • Meri Kytö (Tampere University): “A listening machine: Sensory agency and the digitalization of the sonic environment”
    • Cecilia Magalhaes (University of Coimbra): “Automatic and creative: playing with algorithms and fragments in the Book of Disquiet Archive”
    • Irene Alcubilla Troughton (University of Utrecht): “Moving Failures: A Tentative Approach to Human-Robot Interaction on Stage”

Session 4: Manipulation in Web Search and Social Media (HCAS common room)

Chair: Jarkko Toikkanen (Tampere University)

    • Joshua Adams (Salem State University): “Thinking of Google Search as Digital Colonialism”
    • Juho Pääkkönen (University of Helsinki & Aalto University), Salla-Maaria Laaksonen & Mikko Jauho (University of Helsinki, Centre for Consumer Society Research): “Expectations on Automated Future in Social Media Analysis”
    • Hanna-Riikka Roine (HCAS) & Laura Piippo (University of Jyväskylä): “Authorship vs. Assemblage in Computational Media”
    • Esko Suoranta (University of Helsinki): “Schizoid Nondroids: Fictions of the Everted Cyberspace”

17.15–18.15 Reception (for speakers, Think Corner, Fönster)

18.15–20.00 Artistic programme (Think Corner, Stage)

Thursday, 7 March 2019

9.15–10.15 Keynote III: Bernard Stiegler (University of Compiègne, France), Think Corner, Stage: “The Machines of the Technosphere. The role of morality in the biosphere according Arnold Toynbee in 1971 and the New Genealogy of Morals”
Chair: Susanna Lindberg (HCAS)

10.30–11.00 Coffee break (for speakers, HCAS common room)

11.00–13.00 Morning sessions

Session 5: Ethical and Political Problems with Machines (HCAS common room)

Chair: Visa Kurki (HCAS)

  • Marc-Antoine Pencolé (Paris Nanterre University): “Automation, between factuality and normativity”
  • Arto Laitinen (Tampere University): “Can machines think? Disambiguating the double talk”
  • Marko Ahteensuu (Tampere University), Mireille Musangamfura, Laura Puumala & Helena Siipi (University of Turku): “Applying Principalism to Military Ethics for Human Soldiers and Combat Robots”
  • Michael Smith: (Purdue University): “A Conversation between objects: The Ethical Underpinnings of the IoT”

Session 6: Digital Control of Life and Strategies of Resistance 1/2 (Think Corner, Think Lounge)

Chair: Karoliina Snell (HCAS)

  • Harley Bergroth (University of Turku): “Dis/assembling Self-knowledge and Temporalizing the Self in Self-tracking Practice”
  • Jesse Haapoja (Aalto University) & Airi Lampinen (Stockholm University): “What we hide, what we reveal: Expression games with algorithmic systems”
  • Linda Turunen (University of Helsinki): “Delegated moderation work: humans and machines in content moderation”

13.00–14.00 Lunch (for speakers, UniCafe Päärakennus, the main building, Fabianinkatu 33)

14.00–15.00 Keynote IV: Frédéric Neyrat (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), HCAS common room: “The Zombies of the Digital: What Justice Should We Wait For?”
Chair: Susanna Lindberg (HCAS)

15.00–15.30 Coffee break (for speakers, HCAS common room)

15.30–17.30 Afternoon sessions

Session 7: Digital Control of Life and Strategies of Resistance 2/2 (Think Corner, Think Lounge)

Chair: Arto Laitinen (Tampere University)

  • Viivi Lähteenoja (University of Helsinki): “Towards an Ethics of Personal Data: A Question of Trust”
  • Karoliina Snell (HCAS): “Controlling and contextualising digital health data: public perceptions on morality of health data use”
  • Maiju Tanninen, Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen (Tampere University) & Minna Ruckenstein (HELDIG, Consumer Society Research Centre): “Distributed autonomy: smart insurance as a technological imaginary”
  • Yael Eylat Van-Essen (Holon Institute of Technology): “‘Going Smart’: The Politics and Ethics of Resilient Smart Machines”

Session 8: Thinking and Computing (HCAS common room)

Chair: Harley Bergroth (University of Turku)

  • Anne Alombert (Université Paris Nanterre): “What should we call ‘thinking’ at the time of ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘moral machines’?”
  • Igors Gubenko (University of Latvia): “Supplementing humanity: technological desire at work in deconstruction”
  • Anna Longo (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne): “Computation and historicity: The Unpredictability of Knowledge”

18.30 Conference dinner (for speakers, Restaurant Sipuli)

Friday, 8 March 2019

9.30–10.30 Keynote V: Erich Hörl (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany), HCAS common room: “Environmentalitarian Time: Temporality and Responsibility under the Technoecological Condition”
Chair: Mika Elo (University of Arts Helsinki)

10.30–11.00 Coffee break (for speakers, HCAS common room)

11.00–13.00 Morning sessions

Session 9: Geopolitics and Technology of Space (HCAS common room)

Chair: Tuomas Forsberg (HCAS)

  • Tuukka Lehtiniemi (Aalto University): “’Can Moomin Valley challenge Silicon Valley?’ – Exploring Alternative Social Imaginaries of Data Activism”
  • James Mittelman (American University in Washington): “Responding to Ethical Challenges in a Digital World”
  • Mariëlle Wijermars (Aleksanteri Institute): “Affective Framing and the Legitimation of Internet Control in Russia”

Session 10: Ethical Machines and Machine Ethics (Think Corner, Think Lounge)

Chair: Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen (Tampere University)

  • Paul Firenze (Wentworth Institute of Technology): “Social Values and Crowdsourcing Ethics in MIT’s ‘Moral Machine’”
  • Michael Laakasuo (University of Helsinki): “Nursing Robots and Human Moral Psychology”
  • Vivek Nallur (University College Dublin): “Landscape of Machine ethics Implementation”
  • Jenny Ingermarsdotter & Alexandra Lindmark (Swedish Defence Research Agency): “States and the State of AI – Why Policy Matters (or What Renaissance Teachers Already Knew)”

13.00–14.00 Lunch (for speakers, UniCafe Päärakennus, the main building, Fabianinkatu 33)

14.00–15.00 Keynote VI: François-David Sebbah (Paris Nanterre University, France), HCAS common room: “The Two Lights of Morality and Machines”
Chair: Igors Gubenko (University of Latvia)

15.00–15.30 Coffee break (for speakers, HCAS common room)

15.30–17.30 Afternoon sessions

Session 11: Personhood in the Digital World (Think Corner, Think Lounge)

Chair: Susanna Lindberg (HCAS)

  • Visa Kurki (HCAS): “AIs as Legal Persons: Three Discussions”
  • Jenni Partanen & Seija Ridell (Tampere University): “Planning for Netborgs: Urban Complexity remediated”
  • Natalia Starostina (Young Harris College/The University of West Georgia): “Machine Learning, Digital Technologies and Discourses on Citizenship for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Others with Exceptionalities”

Session 12: Thinking Challenges in the Digital World (HCAS common room)

Chair: Galit Wellner (NB School of Design Haifa)

  • Galit Wellner: “From Thinking to Imagining”
  • Lars Botin (Aalborg University): “Thinking Things and Thinging Thoughts”
  • Yoni Van Den Eede (Free University of Brussels): “Talking versus Doing: Thinking ‘Making’ in the Digital World”
  • Lyat Friedman (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design): “Thinking and Criticizing”

17.45 Closing words (HCAS common room)