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Sat Dec 17 2011

Confs: Computational Ling, Cognitive Science/France

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        1.     Colin Schmidt , Enhancing Human Experience via Emerging Technologies


Message 1: Enhancing Human Experience via Emerging Technologies
Date: 11-Dec-2011
From: Colin Schmidt <Colin.Schmidtensam.eu>
Subject: Enhancing Human Experience via Emerging Technologies
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Enhancing Human Experience via Emerging Technologies

Date: 27-Mar-2012 - 28-Mar-2012
Location: Laval, France
Contact: Colin Schmidt
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.laval-virtual.org

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Within the framework of the CNRS project named EpistHOMME+, we are
pleased to host Enhancing Human Experience via Emerging
Technologies at VRIC Laval Virtual.

A Workshop sponsored by Arts et Métiers ParisTech and organised
under the aegis of The Virtual Reality International Conference 2012
Supported by the French National Scientific Research Centre’s
Communication Sciences Institute, France
Ingenieurium & Laval Theatre, France

Young and old alike believe that the human experience could gain
something if better informed about up-coming technologies. Learning
about them at an early stage helps in making key decisions about
one’s personal future. Although the approach is somewhat individual
and devoted to those concerned, collectively oriented health and
entertainment will gain from observing individual practices in the
matter. Government policy incorporating emergent technology
progress through monitoring will renew itself in a relevant way.
However, in the name of progress people are increasingly willing to
accept risk; the possible downfall of this movement is its ability to
promote taking risks. But then again, could we or would we want to
stop it? If we are to enhance the human experience, the pros and cons
of each situation must be considered. Modifying or augmenting
humans surely raises a certain number of issues. What are they? What
aspect of life should one proceed to enhance? Which sectors or issues
should become priority elements? Which academic disciplines are
involved and why? What limits technological change? Does one have an
acceptance threshold? If so, how would one express it? What are the
long term implications of enhancement? Establishing a typology of
possible applications and their contexts would be desirable for this
symposium on enhancing members of our society.

This conference is seeking contributions from linguists to address
philosophical, biological, social, and computational issues in language
as they relate to the advancement of technology. Topics may include,
but are not limited to:

- The cognitive model of language and the mental lexicon
- Computational modeling of language
- Diachronic projections of language
- Alternative speech behaviors and their impact on emerging
technologies
- ‘Social’ machines and their acceptance in society

Ingenieurium
4 rue de l’Ermitage
53000 Laval France
06 26 26 66 48

Le Théâtre de Laval,
34, rue de la Paix
53013 Laval France
Tél. : 02 43 49 19 55

Keynote Speakers:

Aubrey de Grey (confirmed), Biomedical Gerontologist SENS Foundation
(UK)
James Moor (confirmed), Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, Dartmouth
College (USA)
KevinWarwick (confirmed), Professor of Cybernetics, Reading University
(UK)

Laval Virtual Gala Dinner, March 28, 20h (Exhibition Hall - Salle
Polyvalente)



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