I am Senior Lecturer in Epistemics at the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Science Outreach Officer at the AI Institute at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Univeristy education and teaching is just about my favourite thing in the world. With my loyal whiteboard marker, Inky, I am busy exploring lots of fun ways that good advances in technological ecosystems can help us to learn togerther.

My research interests are many (too many perhaps). I am fascinated by human information processing in all of its forms, especially those that occur in the epistemic space. I like to use formal logico-mathematical tools to investigate abstract philosophical problems - which in my case means using substructural-logics to model epistemic phenomena, as well as the far uncharted regions of negative information. Here is Maricarmen Martinez and my newishly revised coauthored entry on Logic and Information at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Whilst you are there, you can see my entry with Luciano Floridi on all things related to the Semantic Conceptions of Information.

The ethics of technology, computer science, and artificial intelligence has sat closely for some time now, and it is absolutely wonderful in every way to see it getting, finally, the attention that it so rightly deserves. Recent in-progress work of mine explores fairness, accountability, and transparency in AI and Automated Decision Making (ADM).

Another is the Philosophy of Information! I designed what is, I think, the very first undergraduate unit of study on the topic in Australia. My students over the previous three years at the University of Sydney deserve a round of applause for being the fearless guineapigs that they are (really). We have covered everything from the moral agency of computers, and autonomous weapons platforms and military virtue, through to informational frameworks of cognition and meaning. Rather excitingly, two of them have had their philinfo work accepted to the 2021 AAP! At least some of this is Luciano Floridi's fault, since it was Luciano who helped me to become properly facinated in the philosophy of information in the first place. Luciano and I have our new entry on Semantic conceptions of Information out now in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. This is very exciting as a lot is happening in the field!

For yet another area (and then I shall stop I promise) - I have a strong interest in the Philosophy of Music. My interest here spans both theory and practice. For the practice side of things, follow the MUSIC link above. The theory side of things is motivated by the following concern...what do non-representational gestures in sonic explorations, in sound art, mean? I do not mean this in a venacular "what does sound art mean for us?" kind of a way, but rather something more concrete. In much the same way that we have theories of meaning for natural languages built upon truth-conditional semantics (for just one example), I want us to have a theory of meaning for sonic gestures. The trick is that contemporary practice in sound art is non-representational, so nothing even vaguely formalist will work (to say nothing of truth-conditional!). The trick I think, is to specify a proper notion of success conditions for the interpretation of sonic gestures, where these conditions in no way turn on latent representations at any stage. After some real time in the field, the pieces are starting to come together.

I studied for my DPhil under Timothy Williamson and Luciano Floridi at Balliol College with the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

I am also an Honourary Associate at the Department of Philosophy at the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. In the not altogether too distant past, I have been a lecturer in Logic, Epistemology, and Metaphysics at the Department of Philoaphy at the UNiversity of Sydney, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Formal Epistemology Project at the Department of Theoretical Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, a lecturer in philosophy at St Anne's College at the University of Oxford, a Visiting Research Fellow at TiLPS at Tilburg University, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Logic, at the University of Leuven, and a Senior Research Fellow with the IEG at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Contact details

email seb: sequoiah {at} gmail.com

email inky: inkythewhiteboardmarker {at} gmail.com

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