V.C. Müller


Terse CV

Dr Vincent C. Müller studied philosophy with cognitive science, linguistics and history at the universities of Marburg, Hamburg, London and Oxford. Since receiving his PhD, he has taught full load (4-4, minus buyouts) as regular faculty. He was Stanley J. Seeger Fellow at Princeton University and James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He is now is professor of philosophy at Anatolia College/ACT and University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds - as well as President of the European Association for Cognitive Systems and chair of the euRobotics topics group on 'ethical, legal and socio-economic issues'.

Müller's research focuses on theory and ethics of disruptive technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. He has published ca. 40 academic papers as well as twelve edited volumes on the philosophy of computing, philosophy of AI and cognitive science, philosophy of language, applied ethics, etc. He has organised ca. 25 conferences or workshops and given >100 presentations, mostly invited. Müller organizes a conference series on the Theory and Philosophy of AI and is principal investigator of a EC-funded research project on the ethics of "Digitial Do-It-Yourself" (DIDIY). He has generated 3.6mil.€ research income for his institution.

Main projects

  • EUCogII, FP 7 INFSO-ICT-231281 (2009-2011), 1.8M €, - Coordinator
  • EUCogIII, FP7 INFSO-ICT-269981 (2012-2014), 2M € - Coordinator
  • DiDIY, H2020 ICT-31-644344 (2014-2017) 2M € (330K€ at AC), - PI

Areas of Specialisation

Philosophy of Computing and Cognitive Science, Ethics of Technology, 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

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.

Philosophy of Mind, Language & Computing:

  • Introductory Book on "AI: The Basic Problems"
  • 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, 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 Big Data analytics
  • Ethics & risks of artificial intelligence
  • Robot ethics (I edit the PhilPapers section on"Robot Ethics)
  • Risks of digital manufacturing, DiDIY and synthetic biology
  • "Should there be forbidden knowledge?"
  • Privacy in the computation age

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.