V.C. Müller
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Vincent C. Müller is Professor for Philosophy of Technology at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e), University Fellow at the University of Leeds and Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, London - as well as President of the European Society for Cognitive Systems and Chair of the euRobotics topics group on 'ethical, legal and socio-economic issues'. He studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford. Later, he was Professor at Anatolia College/ACT (Thessaloniki), Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Müller is known for his research on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. He has published >40 academic papers as well as 16 edited volumes on the philosophy of AI and cognitive science, philosophy of computing, philosophy of language, applied ethics, etc. (citations: h-15). He has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops and presents invited papers around the world. Müller edits the "Oxford handbook of the philosophy of artificial intelligence", organizes a conference series on the Theory and Philosophy of AI and is principal investigator of a EU-funded project on "Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society" (INBOTS) and on the large platform project AI4EU. He is a senior participant on the NL 'Gravitation' grant on the "Ethics of Disruptive Technologies" (17.9M€). He has generated ca. 3.9 mil.€ research income for his institutions.

Main projects

  • AI4EU, H2020 ICT-26-2018 (2019-2021), 20M€ (141K€ at ULeeds) - Co-I
  • INBOTS, H2020 ICT-28-2017-1 (2018-2020), 3M€ (112K€ at ULeeds) - PI
  • DiDIY, H2020 ICT-31-644344 (2014-2017), 2M€ (230K€ at AC) - PI
  • EUCogIII, FP7 INFSO-ICT-269981 (2012-2014), 2M€ (1.64M€ at AC) - Coordinator
  • EUCogII, FP 7 INFSO-ICT-231281 (2009-2011), 1.8M€ (1.7M€ at AC) - Coordinator

Areas of Specialisation

Philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Computing, Ethics of Technology (AI, Robotics, Data Analytics), Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Realism & Anti-Realism, Hilary Putnam, Categories & Kinds, Vagueness

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Science, Free Will, Early Analytic Philosophy, Kant, Rousseau, Robotics

PhD Students

Areas of Current Research Activity

I am trying to work on a number of things and if you are working on similar matters, I should be glad to hear from you. (This also applies to potential PhD students.)

Philosophy of Mind, Language & Computing:

  • Introductory book "Can machines think?", forthcoming with OUP
  • Editing the "Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence", forthcoming with OUP
  • Conceptual and ethical challenges of progress towards human-level AI, esp. computationalism
  • Benchmarking and testing of artificial intelligence (or cognitive ability in technical systems)
  • Theory of computing, especially within the philosophy of mind: computationalism, hypercomputing, morphological computing, digital states, pancomputationalism
  • Vagueness (in relation to categorisation and to computing)
  • Putnam's concept of "conceptual relativity" and anti-realism in general

Ethics of Information & Computing

  • Ethics of artificial intelligence & robotics (I am writing the SEP article)
  • Robot ethics (I edit the PhilPapers section on"Robot Ethics)
  • Ethics of Big Data analytics
  • Surveillance and privacy
  • Risks of digital manufacturing, DiDIY and synthetic biology
  • "Should there be forbidden knowledge?"

Some of my writing on these questions (and others) can be found on the publications page. Some of my activities, esp. in organising events and projects, on the activities page.