Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine
The aim of my research is to better understand — from informational and computational perspectives — how information processing contributes to our cognitive life. Claims that cognitive processing is (some form of) computation or information processing are very common in cognitive science. Claims to the contrary state that cognition does not involve computation (or representation). But to make sense of these claims we first need to understand the explanatory roles computation and information play in cognitive science . In Physical Computation and Cognitive Science (2014), I attempt to give an adequate account of digital computation that does justice to both computer science and cognitive science.
Another ongoing project, ‘Information Ethics of Emerging Technologies’, aims to analyse – using Information Ethics – ethical challenges arising from new emerging technologies. The introduction of many emerging technologies seems to suggest a future where information processing, and computation in particular, is increasingly integrated with the human condition. Even the current emerging technology of 3D bioprinting allows “artificially” produced tissues and organs to be implanted in human subjects. For example, a biopen, which uses hydrogel to hold biological cells, allows surgeons to design customised orthopaedic implants at the time of surgery. Of course, different kinds of technology give rise to a variety of ethical dilemmas, some of which may overlap. So, this ongoing project targets specific information-driven technologies, such as 3D bioprinting and nanobots inserted to the human body, and offers ethical calculuses of these technologies by focusing on their informational features.
Workshop Announcement: Information and the Cognitive Sciences June 29, @The Hebrew University
Preprints are available for download as PDF here.
- Physical Computation and Cognitive Science (2014) Volume 12 in Springer-Verlag Book Series ‘Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics’.
Forthcoming. (with McGivern, P. and Ghose, A.) Information, Veridicality and Inferential Knowledge. American Philosophical Quarterly.
2015. (with Michaelis Michael). Information and Veridicality: Information-Processing and the Bar-Hillel/Carnap Paradox. Philosophy of Science. Online
- 2015. Information-how. Australasian Journal of Philosophy. DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2015.
- 2014. (with Floridi, L. and Primiero, G.). On malfunctioning software. Synthese. doi: 10.1007/s11229-014-0610-3.Online
- 2014. Objective Computation versus Subjective Computation. Erkenntnis. doi: 10.1007/s10670-014-9696-8. Online
- 2014. (with Staines, P. J.) A Revised Attack on Computational Ontology. Minds and Machines, 24, pp. 101-122. DOI: 10.1007/s11023-013-9327-1. Online. (Erratum)
- 2014. (with Wolf, M. J.) The instructional information processing account of digital computation, Synthese, 191, pp. 1469-1492. DOI: 10.1007/s11229-013-0338-5. Online
- 2013. (with Primiero, G.) “Miscomputation“, Philosophy and Technology. Volume 26, pp 253-272. DOI: 10.1007/s13347-013-0112-0. Online
- 2013. “Information Processing as an Account of Concrete Digital Computation”, Philosophy and Technology, Volume 26, pp 31-60. DOI: 10.1007/s13347-011-0061-4. Online
- 2013. A reply to comments: “Instructional Information Processing: Replies Considered”, Volume 26, pp 71-72. DOI: 10.1007/s13347-012-0072-9. Online
- 2012. “The Explanatory Role of Computation in Cognitive Science”, Minds and Machines, Vol. 22, pp. 353-380. DOI: 10.1007/s11023-012-9286-y. Online
- 2011. “Concrete Digital Computation: What Does it Take for a Physical System to Compute?”. Journal of Logic, Language and Information, Vol. 20, pp. 513-537. DOI: 10.1007/s10849-011-9147-8. Online
- 2010. “Explaining Computation Without Semantics: Keeping It Simple”. Minds and Machines, Vol. 20, pp.165–181. DOI: 10.1007/s11023-010-9199-6. Online
- 2010. “A Computational Account of Connectionist Networks”. Recent Patents on Computer Science, Vol. 3, pp. 20-27. Online
- 2008. “An Analysis of the Criteria for Evaluating Adequate Theories of Computation”. Minds and Machines, Vol. 18, pp. 379-401. DOI: 10.1007/s11023-008-9111-9. Online
Conference Proceeding Papers
- Forthcoming. (with Wolf, M. J.) My Liver is Broken, Can You Print Me a New One?. In V. C. Müller (Ed.), Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence (Synthese Library). Springer. Berlin, Germany.
- 2014. (with Wolf, M. J.) ‘Sploits for Sale! And that just might be ethical. In Proceedings of Ethicomp 2014. Paris, France.
- 2013. “A Critical Survey of Some Competing Accounts of Concrete Digital Computation”, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Solomonoff Festschrift), 7070, pp. 155-173.
- 2011. “Digital computation as information processing”, AISB 2011: Computing and Philosophy, pp. 58-64. AISB Conference Proceedings
- Forthcoming. (With Wolf, M.J.) “Information processing and Instructional Information”, in Luciano Floridi (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information. Routledge.
- 2013. (with Primiero, G.) “Computation”, in Phyllis Illari (Ed.), The philosophy of information: a simple introduction.