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PRESENCE Call for Papers Special Issue on Legal, Ethical, and Policy Issues Associated with Wearable Computers, Virtual
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PRESENCE Call for Papers
Special Issue on Legal, Ethical, and
Policy Issues Associated with
Wearable Computers, Virtual
Environments, and Computer Mediated
Guest Editors: Woodrow Barfield, Steve
Mann, Ian Kerr, and Rita Lauria
Recent advances in the technologies
associated with the development of
wearable computing, virtual
environments, and mediated
(augmented, dimensioned, or otherwise
computer-modified) realities have led to
interesting legal, policy, and ethical
issues. As evidence of the emerging
interest in this area, the term
"cyborglaw" has already appeared in
numerous events, workshops, and
Questions of interest for the special
edition include: Should an artificially
intelligent system represented within a
virtual environment by an avatar be
afforded the rights of legal personhood,
be able to contract, or be liable for
errors, in the same way as humans or
abstract entities such as corporations that
already enjoy such rights? Are the legal,
ethical, or policy issues different when
the intelligence arises through having a
human being in the feedback loop of a
computational process, i.e. as with
Humanistic Intelligence (HI)? Should
humans that wear computing (sometimes
termed cyborgs, or cybernetic
organisms) be recognized as legal
entities, and afforded special protections
like those who wear prosthesis? What
liabilities should be incurred by those
who disrupt the functioning of a person's
prosthesis or wearable computer?
Papers that discuss and describe current
legal, policy, and ethical issues and case
law associated with technology in the
design and use of wearable computing,
virtual and mediated (augmented/
dimensioned/modified) reality
environments, are especially sought.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
Policy and ethical issues associated with
wearable computing, virtual
environments, and mediated reality.
Legal issues unique to those who
integrate wearable computing and their
everyday life.
Legal liability of artificially intelligent
systems and humanistically intelligent
Legal personhood issues for virtual or
mediated entities.
Intellectual property rights as applicable
to artificially or humanistically
intelligent systems, especially copyright.
Venue for distributed intelligent
systems, and collective connected
humanistic intelligence.
Issues of search and seizure for
artificially and humanistically intelligent
Right of publicity for virtual or
mediated entities.
Submission Deadline:
September 15, 2003.
Original manuscripts (in Microsoft Word
or anonymous .pdf) should be emailed to They should
conform to the submission guidelines
available at
Contact Information:
Woodrow Barfield
Steve Mann
Ian Kerr
Rita Lauia