The Age of Artificial Intelligence: a Documentary

Project: "The Age of Artificial Intelligence: A Documentary"

Steven S. Gouveia is creating an international documentary with the participation of international experts on Artificial Intelligence. He will be the host of the documentary where he will  interview prominent academic researchers from all over the world to discuss topics such as autonomous weapons, sex robots, autonomous cars, the problems of transparency and social media, the ethics of big data, the role of governments and democracy regarding technological development, artificial creativity, emulation of the human brain, machine consciousness, technological immortality, technological unemployment and universal basic income, and a lot more. 

The list of researchers that will be part of the documentary will be the following (all confirmed):

- Peter Singer (Princeton, USA / Melbourne, Australia); Paul Thagard (Waterloo University, Canada); Shoji Nagataki (Chukyo University, Japan); Hajo Greif (Technical University of Munich, Germany); David Harris Smith (McMaster University, Canada); Pii Telaviki (University of Helsinki, Finland); Sabina Leonelli (University of Exter, England); Francesca Minerva (Warwick University, England); Fabio Fossa (University of Turin, Italy), Wulf Loh (University of Tübingen, Germany); Shawn Kaplan (Adelphi University, USA); Radu Uszkai (University of Bucharest, Romania) and Joshua Jowitt (Newcastle University, England).

Our main motivation is to be able to offer access to the documentary all over the world for free on YouTube and then, to organize exhibitions at universities, schools and theatres.

The goal is to get enough funding to finish the production of the documentary, that already has the support of the Episteme & Logos Association, a non-profit organization which the main goal is to create high-quality knowledge accessible to the general public. For more information:


Producer and Director: Miguel Barbosa (Porto). Assistant Producer and Sound: Luís Neves (Porto). Assistance: Diana Neiva (Braga). For more information:

Host: Steven S. Gouveia is finishing his PhD in Philosophy of Mind and Neurophilosophy at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal), being funded by the Science and Technology Foundation, Portugal. He is a visiting researcher at the Minds, Brain Imaging and Neuroethics at the Royal Institute of Mental Health, University of Ottawa, Canada. He has published 8 academic books and given several conferences on topics such as the value of democracy, the ethics of artificial intelligence, mind-uploading technology, models of the brain and perception, predictive processing, etc. He believes that we need real expertise to deal with urgent problems such as those that are raised by Artificial Intelligence. For more information:


Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and Laureate Professor at the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is specialized in applied ethics, offering a secular and utilitarian perspective. He is systematically named as one of the most influential thinkers of our century, and his ideas have influenced many areas of knowledge, being one of the most widely read contemporary philosophers. In 2009, Singer made it to Time magazine's list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” He has published influential books such as Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty or The Most Good You Can Do. More information: 

Paul Thagard is a Philosopher, Cognitive Scientist, and author of many interdisciplinary books. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Psychological Science. The Canada Council awarded him a Molson Prize (2007) and a Killam Prize (2013). Paul Thagard’s Treatise on Mind and Society was published by Oxford University Press in February, 2019. More information:

Shoji Nagataki is Professor at the School of International Liberal Studies, Chukyo University, Japan. He works on Cognitive Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Technology, Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Experimental Philosophy. He as published papers such as "Can Morality Be Ascribed to Robot?", "On the Robot as a Moral Agent" and "Vulnerability under the gaze of robots: relations among humans and robots". 

Hajo Greif is Senior Scientist at the Post/Doc Lab Digital Media of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, with a research project on forms of computer simulations in Artificial Intelligence. As of late 2018, he is a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Ethics in Administration, Warsaw University of Technology. He works on situated cognition and cognitive artefacts (‘4E’ cognition, smart environments), history and philosophy of cognitive science (AI vs Cybernetics) and naturalism in the philosophy of mind (teleosemantics, evolution of cognition). More information:

David Harris Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University and Director of Research for the macGRID Simulation Research Network. His research interests include multidisciplinary practices and applications of avatar virtual worlds including: grounded theory and ethnography of virtual worlds, macGRID multidisciplinary network and Open Simulator platform for research and creation using online virtual worlds, augmented and mixed reality environments, art practice of virtual worlds, assistive media technologies for persons with disabilities, and education and knowledge translation using virtual worlds, new media interaction and interface design, biometric and brain-computer interfaces, cognitive science of media, robotics, artificial intelligence, media arts, and digital cultures. Dr. Smith’s recent cultural robotics project, hitchBOT: The hitchhiking robot has been exhibited in galleries and museums and received extensive international media coverage.

Pii Telakivi is a doctoral researcher in University of Helsinki. Her PhD is in philosophy of mind, and she has published about embodied mind and artificial intelligence, and extended mind and self. Her other areas of interest include e.g. philosophy of psychiatry, sensorimotor approach in cognitive sciences and socially distributed mind. She also works as an editor for a Finnish philosophical journal Niin&Näin.

Sabina Leonelli is a Professor in philosophy and history of science at the University of Exeter. She serves as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where she leads the Data Studies research strand; team lead for the "Data Governance, Algorithms and Values" strand of the Exeter Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI); and Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the international journal History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, together with Professor Giovanni Boniolo, and Associate Editor for the Harvard Data Science Review. She serves as External Faculty for the Konrad Lorenz Institute for the Advanced Study of Natural Complex Systems and holds a Honorary Professorship at the School of History of the University of Adelaide.

Francesca Minerva is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University. Recently, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ghent. Her research focuses on medical ethics, bioethics, and discrimination, applied philosophy, and philosophy of death. She has worked on topics such as conscientious objection in medicine, academic freedom, abortion, human enhancement, and cryonics. She is author of The Ethics of Cryonics (2018) and (with Anders Sandberg) Euthanasia and cryothanasia, Bioethics 31(7):526-533 (2017). She is a co-founder of The Journal of Controversial Ideas and she is an advisory board member of the Brain Preservation Foundation. More information:

Fabio Fossa earned his Ph.D. in moral philosophy at the University of Pisa with a thesis on the concept of moral application in applied ethics, hermeneutics and machine ethics. His main research areas are philosophy and ethics of technology, with a focus on Artificial Moral Agents, and the thought of Hans Jonas. He is currently a post-doc research fellow at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and lecturer in AI Ethics at the Computer Science Department of the University of Pisa.

Wulf Loh is a PostDoc in the BmBF projects NIKA and INTEGRAM. He studied Philosophy, Political Science and International/European Law in Heidelberg, Bologna and Berlin. In his dissertation, which will be published by Nomos in early 2019, he undertakes a normative reconstruction of international law. His research interests are Applied Ethics: Ethics of Technology (Robot Ethics, Human Machine Interaction), Information Ethics (Privacy), Political Philosophy: The Digital Public Sphere, Solidarity, International Political Theory, Philosophy of Law: Constitutional Theory, Legitimacy and Legality, Philosophy of International Law. 

Shawn Kaplan is an Associate Professor and Department Chair at Adelphi University, New York. His research interests are Terrorism, Just War Theory, Ethics of War & Counter-terrorism and Kantian Ethical Theory. He presented the talk "To Be a Face in the Crowd: Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and a Right to Obscurity" at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. He also has been thinking about the ethical role of autonomous drones in contemporary war scenarios.

Radu Uszkai is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies) where he teaches Philosophy and Business Ethics. He is also an associate researcher at the Research Center in Applied Ethics (University of Bucharest) and at the Center of Institutional Analysis and Development Eleutheria. His work focuses on libertarian political theory, applied ethics and A.I.

Joshua Jowitt joined the Newcastle Law School in September 2016. He graduated in Law from Homerton College, Cambridge in 2009. After a period of time working in Widening Participation and Outreach as Schools Liaison Officer for Selwyn College, Cambridge, he returned to Law and took his LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights from the University of Warwick in 2012. He was awarded his PhD in 2018, having undertaken study at University College, Durham under the supervision of Prof. Deryck Beyleveld and Prof. Shaun Pattinson. His main interest is legal theory and the source of legal normativity, but is also interested in issues of legal personhood and how the law engages with novel beings such as animals and artificial intelligence.

What the funds will be for:

- Producers;
- Shooting hours;
- Material rentals (two professional cameras, two microphones, lights);
- Travel and stays of the producing team;
- Editing of the documentary;
- Graphics;
- Musical production;
- Help to cover expenses regarding travelling, accommodation, meals, etc, to exhibit the documentary in universities, schools and theatres.

Donation Compensation:

For 15€ = (1) your name will appear in the credits of the documentary, in the section "Special Thanks"

For 30€ = (1) your name will appear in the credits of the documentary, in the section "Special Thanks" + (2) you will receive an exclusive t-shirt of the documentary (with the name, an image related with A.I. and the name of all the participants).

For 75€ = (1) your name will appear in the credits of the documentary, in the section "Special Thanks" + (2) you will receive an exclusive t-shirt of the documentary (with the name, an image related with A.I. and the name of all the participants) + (3) you will receive the forthcoming book "The Age of Artificial Intelligence: an Exploration" (Vernon Press) by Steven S. Gouveia with the participation of Dan Dennett, Ben Goertzel, Susan Schneider, Roman Yampolskiy, Natasha Vita-More, Vernor Vinge, David Pearce, and many more.

All donations are accepted. 

We thank you very deeply for your valuable contribution. Your support for accurate and precise knowledge in a time of fake news and misinformation is a very important step for a better society. We will keep you updated about the entire process. Muito Obrigado!


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Steven Gouveia 
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