Alkis Gounaris

Alkis Gounaris
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | uoa · Department of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Dr. Alkis (Alkiviadis) Gounaris was born in Athens, Greece. He teaches philosophy in postgraduate and lifelong learning programs. His general research interests focus on the Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences, Ethics, Meta-ethics and Applied Ethics. He studied Sports Sciences and then Philosophy at the University of Athens. From the same school he got a master's degree in Ethics and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Mind. He is a research fellow of the Applied Philosophy Research Lab since 2015 and his areas of expertise are the Philosophy of Human Cognition, Artificial Intelligence and Embodiment.
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August 2015 - present
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Position
  • Research Associate
September 2012 - June 2016
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
January 2007 - June 2010
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Field of study
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognition

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At the turn of the 21st century, Susan Leigh Anderson and Michael Anderson conceived and introduced the Machine Ethics research program, that aimed to highlight the requirements under which autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) systems could demonstrate ethical behavior guided by moral values, and at the same time to show that these values, as we...
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The current debate regarding the moral status of intelligent machines includes a wide range of arguments. In one direction, we tend to attribute anthropomorphic properties to machines (Nyholm, 2020), due to our interaction with them and possibly due to limitations or the metaphorical use of language. There are many who argue that what should actual...
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The debate over the attribution of personhood to non-human entities is of an increasing concern to both academia and institutions. The intelligence, autonomy and efficiency exhibited by modern AI systems raise pressing questions regarding the moral responsibility issues their use entails. In our paper we focus our discussion on autonomous war machi...
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The motives for bringing about the Hellenic-Serbian Dialogue Series originate from the sentiment that mutual relations between Greeks and Sebs far surpass the cultural exchange between Greece and Serbia. Knowing that cooperation does not simply fall into one’s lap, but must be initiated by human will and energy, a group of philosophers from Athens...
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Abstract: The range, diversity and the different metaphysical assumptions of Embodied Cognition (EC) hypotheses that have been formulated in recent years, a) do not allow for their pragmatic, problem-solving oriented adoption by Cognitive Science and (b) favor their fragmentary use by various scientific and practical fields, resulting in misunderst...
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Most of us met HAL 9000 as the lead character in Stanley Kubrick's film "2001, A Space Odyssey", which was based on Arthur Clarke's screenplay and short stories. HAL, a Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer –a sophisticated form of Artificial Intelligence (AI)– decides to kill the spaceship crew and gain control of the spaceship in which it...
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When we talk about enhancement or modifying the human body, we often put forward the argument of the limits of human nature, and therefore, acts that violate those limits are judged negatively. This view, however, contains assumptions that lead to logical fallacies. In the face of the new era, where scientific and technological achievements are cha...
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In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has concentrated its research interest in the philosophical theories of embodied cognition (EC). Seeking a way out of the GOFAI's dead-end attempt to develop intelligent robots with the ability to perform complex tasks in unknown and changing environments, AI adopted basic principles of the EC, like the...
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Τhe problem of the ontological status of information ought to be a primary concern of every explanation model of human cognition (HC) as well as every effort to simulate HC in artificial intelligence (AI). In particular, confusing the technical term "information" (in its typical signification) with the semantically or even psychologically charged t...
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The problem of intentionality within a materialistic framework, is the inability to explain how a material-biological structure such as the brain, is related to something out of itself and furthermore represents this something in the form of mental content, or, as Searle has formulated the question: How can “atoms and void” possibly refer to or be...
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While trying to detect common principles and fundamental differences between Human Cognition (HC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), it is often expedient to look back into the philosophical foundations to face questions that we tend to casually bypass. Such questions, mainly of an epistemological and ontological character, are related to the "natur...
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This announcement includes: [a] a brief critical survey of the main characteristics that various scientific and philosophical views accredit to embodied cognition and the process of signification, [b] the consequences of these positions regarding the definition of the concept of meaning and [c] a new interpretation for “meaning” as a systemic prope...
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In this announcement I focus on embodied cognition and skillful coping, and especially the way man, while using tools and objects, interacts with his world and renders himself at the same structural level with it, eliminating-in a sense-the distinction between agent and the world. This hypothesis is ontologically and semantically fundamental, as it...
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Extended Synopsis: In my presentation I display the convergence of Heideggerian theory and Cognitive Neurosciences and at the same time I attempt to formulate an hypothesis for the naturalistic foundation of meaning as a property of the human intelligence. To begin with, this presentation deals with the question of intentionality. In general, the t...
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In my thesis I attempt, on one hand, to classify some main problems of the philosophy of mind (as intentionality-the body mind problem-qualia and subjective experience of the world). Οn the other hand, I am trying to formulate a hypothesis for the naturalistic foundation of human mind and intelligence. The common field in this investigation, was th...

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The International Interdisciplinary Conference on Artificial Intelligence entitled Me and AI: Human Concerns, Artificial Minds is organized by the Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with the joint effort of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society, from March 30th to April 2nd at the Technopolis City of Athens, Greece (100 Piraeus st., 118 54). The purpose of the conference is to highlight issues related to the ethical, legal, political, social and financial dimensions of the use of innovative intelligence technologies in everyday life today as well as in the future. More info: www.meandai.gr