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The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (Science & Wisdom Live)
Thursday, January 28, 2021 , 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm London, UK Time
Join this first Science & Wisdom LIVE talk of 2021 with Dr. Marco Schorlemmer!
The first Science & Wisdom talk in 2021 will be given by Dr. Marco Schorlemmer, who is a Tenured Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) of the Spanish National Research Council. Dr. Schorlemmer is also a member of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). Moderated by A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment host Scott Snibbe.
The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence: A Humanist Perspective
AI services are rapidly spreading everywhere. What effect will this have on humanity? Does the rise of AI pose any serious risk to our culture and society, or can AI be at the service of our creative intelligence and human potential?
Through data processing, AI can do tasks that human beings do through their creative intelligence, sense-making and understanding, leading to the metaphor of ‘intelligent machines’. The ability to process large amounts of data is enormously beneficial in the age of information, to the point that AI can even predict and influence human behaviour.
In his talk, Dr. Schorlemmer discusses the difference between artificial and human intelligence. In spite of their enormous processing power, AI lack sense of meaning, purpose or understanding. Human intelligence, on the contrary, is based on our capacity for sense-creating and loving engagement, communication, cooperation and freedom.
Dr. Schorlemmer differentiates between information, knowledge and data, exploring the multi-dimensional aspect of human intelligence; he discusses the potential risks of the ‘intelligent machine’ metaphor, which reduces intelligence into mere computing power. He advocates for “a mature and harmonious socially embodied intelligence, based on universal lifelong education”, and investigates how contemplative practices can help us discover and develop our full human potential.
Come and join us for an interesting evening, full insights and wonder! We’ll have time for questions from the public after the talk.