We are dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence, security order, and radicalisation as present manifestations of future challenges

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Events

  • Conference “AI: Rethinking the World”

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    PERICULUM-organised International Conference "AI: Rethinking the World" was held in Prague on 1 March 2019.

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  • Debates on International Politics and Conflict Resolution

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    A lecture delivered by Dr. Tomáš Karásek at the Centre of Social Studies, University of Coimbra.

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  • Periculum Lecture – AI and the Anthropocene

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    Periculum & Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences would like to warmly invite you to a public lecture by Prof. David Chandler entitled "AI and the Anthropocene"

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  • Accelerated Academy 6: Post-H(uman) index? Politics, metrics, and agency in the accelerated academy

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    The conference seeks to conceptualise change in contemporary knowledge production in a way that transcends the dichotomy between theoretical frameworks that emphasise the role of humans (e.g. pragmatism, cultural sociology, critical realism, Bourdieusian sociology) and those that seek to dissolve the human and/or focus on non-human actors (actor-network theory, poststructuralism, STS, new materialism, transhumanism).

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Studies

  • How do social norms and expectations about others influence individual behavior?

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    Social norms can be understood as the grammar of social interaction. Like grammar in speech, they specify what is acceptable in a given context. But what are the specific rules that direct human compliance with the norm? This paper presents a quantitative model of self- and the other-perspective interaction based on a ‘quantum model of decision-making,’ which can explain some of the ‘fallacies’ of the classical model of strategic choice.

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  • Ideology and Disengagement: A Case Study of Nationalists and Islamists in Chechnya

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    Disengagement from militant groups has often been related to individual level explanations like battle fatigue or desire to re-join family and friends. We seek to empirically examine which other factors, beyond individual level determinants, influenced disengagement processes among militants belonging to different types of Chechen militant organisations.

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  • Going Beyond the Killer Robots Debate: Six Dilemmas AWS Raise

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    The debate on and around “killer robots” has been firmly established at the crossroads of ethical, legal, political, strategic, and scientific discourses. Flourishing at the two opposite poles, with a few contributors caught in the middle, the polemic still falls short of a detailed, balanced, and systematic analysis. It is for these reasons that we focus on the nitty-gritties, multiple pros and cons, and implications of autonomous weapon systems (AWS) for the prospects of the international order.

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  • Machine Learning, Inductive Reasoning, Reliability of Generalisations

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    The present paper shows how statistical learning theory and machine learning models can be used to enhance understanding of AI-related epistemological issues regarding inductive reasoning and reliability of generalisations.

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Projects

The centre’s research activities fall into three categories comprising artificial intelligence, security order, and radicalisation together conceived as present manifestations of future challenges

Artificial Inteligence

The centre’s research project on Artificial Intelligence (AI) pursues synthesising machine learning research with philosophical expositions related to AI.

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Security Order

The centre’s research project  on security order aims to ascertain impacts of recent technological innovations on the social realm in connections to security governance and management.

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Radicalization

The centre’s research project on radicalisation focuses on the micro-dynamic of violence in general and radicalization in particular.

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Research

Publishing our research on artificial intelligence, security order, and radicalisation to share our views on the present manifestations of future challenges

Most recent study

Ideology and Disengagement: A Case Study of Nationalists and Islamists in Chechnya

Disengagement from militant groups has often been related to individual level explanations like battle fatigue or desire to re-join family and friends. We seek to empirically examine which other factors, beyond individual level determinants, influenced disengagement processes among militants belonging to different types of Chechen militant organisations.

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Opportunities

Searching for collaborators researching present manifestations of future challenges

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