Call for Chapters: Machine Medical Ethics, Edited Collection, 2014

The new field of Artificial Intelligence called Machine Ethics is concerned with ensuring that the behaviour of machines towards human users and other machines is ethical. This unique edited collection aims to provide a platform for researchers in this field to present new research and developments in Machine Medical Ethics. Areas of interest for this edited collection include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Foundational Concepts:

What is medical ethics?
What is machine medical ethics?
What are the consequences of creating or not creating ethical medical machines?
Can medical machines be autonomous?
Ought medical machines to operate autonomously, or under (complete or
partial) human physician control?

Theories of Machine Medical Ethics
What theories of machine medical ethics are most theoretically
plausible and most empirically supported?
Ought machine medical ethics be rule-based (top-down), case- based
(bottom-up), or a hybrid view of both top-down and bottom-up?
Is an interdisciplinary approach suited to designing a machine medical
ethical theory? (e.g., collaboration between philosophy, psychology,
AI, computational neuroscience…)

Medical Machine Training
What does ethical training for medical machines consist in: ethical
principles, ethical theories, or ethical skills? Is a hybrid approach
What training regimes currently tested and/or used are most successful?
Can ethically trained medical machines become unethical?
Can a medical machine learn empathy (caring) and skills relevant to
the patient-physician relationship?
Can a medical machine learn to give an apology for a medical error?
Ought medical machines to be trained to detect and respond to patient
embarrassment and/or issues of patient privacy? What social norms are
relevant for training?
Ought medical machines to be trained to show sensitivity to gender,
cultural and age-differences?
Ought machines to teach medicine and medical ethics to human medical students?

Patient-Machine-Physician Relationship
What role ought imitation or mimicry to play in the
patient-machine-physician relationship?
What role ought empathy or caring to play in the
patient-machine-physician relationship?
What skills are necessary to maintain a good patient-machine-physician
Ought medical machines be able to detect patient fakery and malingering?
Under what conditions ought medical machines to operate with a nurse?
In what circumstances should a machine physician consult with human or
other machine physicians regarding patient assessment or diagnosis?

Medical Machine Physical Appearance
Is there a correlation between physical appearance and physician
Ought medical machines to appear human or non-human?
Is a highly plastic human-like face essential to medical machines? Or,
is a static face sufficient?
What specific morphological facial features ought medical machines to have?
Ought medical machines to be gendered or androgynous?
Ought medical machines to possess a human-like body with mobile limbs?
What vocal characteristics ought medical machines to have?

As a new field, the target audiences are expected to be from the
scientists, researchers, and practitioners working in the field of
machine ethics and medical ethics. The target audience will also
include various stakeholders, like academics, research institutes, and
individuals interested in this field, and the huge audience in the
public sector comprising health service providers, government
agencies, ministries, education institutions, social service providers
and other types of government, commercial and not-for-profit agencies.

Our intended publisher is Oxford University Press.

Please indicate your intention to submit your full paper by email to
the editor who emails you with the title of the paper, authors, and
abstract. The full manuscript, as PDF file, should be emailed to that
same editor by the deadline indicated below. Authoring guidelines will
be mailed to you after we receive your letter of intent.

Please feel free to forward this email to your peers who may be
interested in this call.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the editors,
Simon van Rysewyk or Dr. Matthijs Pontier. Many thanks!

Intent to Submit: June 10, 2013
Full Version: October 20, 2013
Decision Date: November 10, 2013
Final Version: December 31, 2013
Target Publication Date of Book: 2014

Dr. Simon van Rysewyk
School of Philosophy
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 41
Tasmania 7001

Dr. Matthijs Pontier
The Centre for Advanced Media Research (CAMeRA)
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Buitenveldertselaan 3
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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