4IR: Philosophical, Ethical, Legal Dimensions

September 3, 2019 - September 5, 2019
University of the Witwatersrand

1 Jan Smuts Avenue
South Africa

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities

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  • National e-Science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform (NEPTTP)
  • Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA)

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Oxford University


University of the Witwatersrand

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The conference aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to discuss the philosophical, ethical, and legal questions raised by the onset of the so-called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and its emerging technologies. In some cases, the questions are long standing and recent technologies are leading to a novel reconsideration of them. In other cases, seemingly new questions are arising – questions that range from the ethical and legal to the epistemological and foundational.

Papers will be welcomed on the philosophical, ethical, and legal dimensions of, among others: 

Algorithmic Automation

Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial Life

Big Data 

Cyber Warfare 

Data Mining 

Deep Learning


Machine Learning 

Open Data 

Personal Data

Simulation and Virtual Reality

Social Media

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