Philosophy of Engineering and Artifact
in the Digital Era

an international conference

2010 October 26 -27,28,29 - 30
“Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava


PHEADE 2010 under the theme The Engineerd Singularity is a conference, organized by an academic consortium:

- SRFIT (ROSPHET = Romanian Society for Philosophy, Engineering and Technoethics)
- EPHES (Ethics, Philosophy and Engineering in Society) Research Center
- "STEFAN CEL MARE" University of Suceava, Romania
- National State University "IURII FEDKOVICI" of Chenrovtsy (Cernauti), Ukraine
- "GH. ZANE" Economic and Social Research Institute of the Romanian Academy, Iasi


Dear fellows interested in the meta-theme of the homo faber's demiourgy,

On behalf of the board of the Romanian Society for Engineering, Philosophy and Technoetics (SRFIT - the decision no. 3/April 7 2010)),  it is my privilege, to  kindly invite you to participate at PHEADE’10 (Philosophy of Engineering and Artifacts in the Digital Era – 2010) conference, which will be held in October 2010 in Suceava - Romania (26-28)

Please note that SRFIT and the consortiium has decided to organize PHEADE’10 based on the international success of the previous conference, PHEADE ’09 - a Proceedings volume is in print at Cambridge Scholar Publishing, that will be, hopefully, official lauched during the conference.


The theme of PHEADE’10 is the Engineered Singularity. The research community will have a considerable profit from this event, because it is completing the map of the transdisciplinary and complex investigations, when focusing on the implications of the humans and machines merging, the so-called Singularity, that means “the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence” (SIAI = the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence).
This is one of the most appealing themes nowadays, as it overpasses the classical digital divide, by introducing future new form of inequalities and problems related to human rights and the preserving oh human being identity.
Moreover it is directly related to the new debate on the status of the engineering sciences as being central to any human activity in a future dominated by nanotechnology, robotics and genetic technologies.
It is also related to the aims of assembling, educating and inspiring “leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges” (Singularity University -
It is, therefore, obvious why tis subject for: metaphysics, philosophy of engineering, philosophy of technology, philosophy of the artificial intelligence, philosophy of computing, philosophy of mind, theology, technoetics, neurobiology (of wisdom), psychology of the artificial intelligence, communication sciences, a.o. They will all claim the right to debate around the proclaimed near arrival of the Singularity.


PHEADE’10 also intends to be a part of the worldwide celebration of the celebration 2010 UNESCO Philosophy Day in Romania.


We have the confirmed international logistic support of:
- the Romanian Academy (through the "Gheorghe Zane" Economic and Social Research Institute of Iasi),
- the Romanian Center for Complex Studies – an UNESCO Center,
- the Romanian National Inventics Institute,
- the Romanian Orthodox Church - the Archdiocese of Suceava & Radauti
- the Indian Institute of Science and Religion, from Pune,
- the Center for Genealogical Studies of the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico
We are waiting for other confirmations of collegial and logistic support.


Scientific Commitee:

  • Yolanda ANGULO PARRA - Directora General  da Centro de Estudios Genealógicos para la investigación de la cultura  en México y América Latina, A. C., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexic

  • Alexandru BOBOC - coresponding member of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania

  • Aurel CODOBAN, "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • Marcelo DASCAL - University of Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Teodor DIMA - Director of the “Gheorghe Zane” Institute (Romanian Academy) in Iasi, c.m. of the Romanian Academy

  • Luciano FLORIDI - president of IACAP, University of Herdfordshire & University of Oxford, U.K.

  • Adrian GRAUR - Rector of “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania

  • Lorenzo MAGNANI - Director of the Computational Philosophy Laboratory, University of Pavia, Italy & Visiting Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (Canton), P.R.China

  • Sorin-Tudor MAXIM - Chancellor of "Stefan cel Mare" University, Suceava, Romania

  • Florin MUNTEANU - Director of the Romanian Center for Complex Studies – an UNESCO Center, Romania, member of the Romanian Academy of Scientists, Technical University of Bucharest, Romania

  • Kuruvilla PANDIKATTU - Associate Director of the Indian Institute of Science and Religion, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth – Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion, Poona (Pune), India

  • Colin T.A. SCHMIDT - Director of the “mERGERs’ (PRISTEC) Project of CNRS, Université Le Mans, France

  • Alexandru SURDU - president of the Philosophy, Theology, Psychology and Pedagogy of the Romanian Academy, director of the "Constantin Radulescu Motru" Institute of the Romanian Academy

  • These international researchers will supervise the debates during PHEADE’10 and the elaboration of a Memorandum on the Technoetics of the engineering of the Singularity, with a special focus on the Human Rights and Human Identity in the next decades of the DIgital Era.


  • Organizing Commitee

  • Gabriel DAN - "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava
  • Vasile DEMCIUC - "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava
  • Roxana-Ema DREVE - "Babes-Bolyai" University
  • Otilia LUCHIAN - "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava
  • Valeria-Alina MIRON - "Babes-Bolyai" University
  • Nun Gabriela PLATON - Holy Monastery of VORONET, Romania
  • Dorin POPA - “Alexandru Ioan Cuza ” University, Iasi, Romania
  • Bogdan POPOVENIUC - EPHES research Center, Romania

Sincerely yours,

Viorel Guliciuc

President of SRFIT (ROSPHET)

Director of the EPHES Research Center

“Stefan cel Mare” University, Suceava, Romania


Board of ARACIS (Romanian Agency for Quality Assesment in Higher Education)

UNESCO's Network of Woman Philosophers