Transhumanism – Searching for the Spirit in the Machine
Prof. Martha Minow in conversation with Fr. Eric Salobir, the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Prof. Max Tegmark, and Joi Ito
From 1:30pm until 3:00pm
At MIT Media Lab, 3rd Floor Atrium
Artificial Intelligence has become the catchphrase of our time, mediating the greatest hopes and fears in anticipation of a new era in human history. Some expect that we’re going to merge with machines and upgrade ourselves into God-like beings with divine abilities of creation and destruction. Others fear that machines will surpass us human creators and take control over our world.
We aim to scrutinize these perils as part of a larger, intercultural dialogue, where preconceived dualisms are challenged.
Please join Fr. Eric Salobir, the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, Prof. Max Tegmark, and Joi Ito in a conversation with Prof. Martha Minow on the role of belief systems at the onset of AI: How do cultural and religious traditions reverberate with ethical decision-making processes of our time? Do different belief systems offer different pathways towards a transhumanist future? And if so, how do we reconcile the diverse Gods of our cultures?