The Society for
Machines and Mentality (SFMM) is a special interest group of
the International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP).
The Machines and Mentality track is organized by the SFMM.
A Brief History of SFMM
The Society for Machines and Mentality (SFMM)
was founded by James Fetzer and held its first symposium in 1992.
Its purpose is to advance philosophical
understanding of issues involving artificial intelligence,
philosophy, and cognitive science. Its past presidents have
been William Rapaport, David Cole, William Bechtel, Paul Thagard,
John Pollock, James Moor, Selmer Bringsjord, Jack Copeland, Brian
Rosmaita, and Eric Steinhart. In 2009,
SFMM became a special interest
group of IACAP. The current
director of SFMM and executive
director of IACAP is Marcello
Guarini. The official journal of
SFMM and IACAP is
Minds and Machines.
History of IACAP
Conferences devoted entirely to
Computing and Philosophy (CAP)
started in the United States in 1986. The
CAP organization grew and
became the International Association
of Computing and Philosophy (IACAP)
in 2004. Yearly conferences were held in North America (NA-CAP),
Europe (EU-CAP), and Asia and
the Pacific Rim (AP-CAP).
Starting in 2011, IACAP simplified its structure and chose to go with one world
congress every year. The current president of
IACAP is Anthony Beavers; the
past president is Luciano Floridi.