Philosophy of Avatars

March 2, 2024
Department of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Aberdeen AB24 3UB
United Kingdom

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Increasingly, avatars represent humans in ways that differ importantly from the familiar avatar/gamer relation. For example, ‘continuing bonds’ representations of deceased people and Hollywood replicas present as being the represented person, in a way that a gaming avatar does not. This workshop explores questions arising from avatar/human representation: around the nature and limits of avatar representation, avatar ownership, responsibility for avatar’s actions and the potential impact of increased avatar representation in society.

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Guo Freeman, School of Computing, Clemson University

Kamil Mamak, RADAR, University of Helsinki and Department of Law, Jagiellonian University

Adrienne de Ruiter, Department of Philosophy, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht. 

The workshop will feature both invited speakers and presentations selected from responses to a call. Refreshments and lunch will be provided for all participants, as will a workshop dinner on the 2nd March. 

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