Workshop: Philosophy of Neuromorphic AI


There has been a long tradition of philosophers, cognitive scientists and computer scientists discussing philosophical implications of artificial intelligence. Since for the last decades von Neumann style computation has been the main paradigm, most of the discourse is centered around standard digital computation. However, with the advent of neuromorphic hardware many philosophical answers need to be reconsidered. Are implementations of AI algorithms on neuromorphic hardware mere simulations or rather replications of brain structures? Does the use of biologically inspired components yield new ethical implications? Or can neuromorphic chips be used to build embodied robots? This workshop attempts to answer those and more questions by bringing together scientists of different areas and career phases.

Program Overview

Thursday, 30th of May: Brain-like Hardware

14:00 – 15:15TalkPascal NietersIntroduction to Neurmorphic Computing
15:15 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 16:45TalkHerbert JaegerToward a formal theory for computing machines made out of whatever physics offers
16:45 – 17:15Break
17:15 – 18:00Poster SessionNeuromorphic AI
18:00 – 18:30Break
18:30 – 20:00Keynote Chiara BartolozziEmbodied Neuromorphic Intelligence

Friday, 31st of May: Neuromorphic Consciousness

14:00 – 15:15TalkWanja WieseMathematical Theories of Consciousness and Neuromorphic Hardware
15:15 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 16:45TalkJohannes BrinzFrom Simulating Towards Replicating the Brain
16:45 – 17:15Break
17:15 – 18:30TalkGualtiero PiccininiProblems with Mind Upload
18:30 – 19:00Break
19:00 – 20:30KeynotePaul ThagardConsciousness and Neuromorphic AI

We are looking for participants

We are looking for researchers of all fields which are interested in philosophical issues surrounding brain-inspired computation. During the poster session (30th of May), there will be slots for posters. We therefore invite submissions of abstracts (max. 500 words) for posters prepared for blind review. The deadline for submissions is 03/03/2024. To submit, please send an email with your abstract in PDF format along with your contact information to: The organizing committee will notify authors of its decision by 15/03/2024.

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The workshop will take place online. Details will follow soon.


Johannes Brinz & Nikola Kompa