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AI Automation & the Good Life
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6:00–7:30 p.m., Thursday March 31
Runway Incubator, 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Tickets available online.
Includes pizza and soft drinks.

Join us for an evening of public conversation with experts in the ethics of emerging artificial intelligence and robotics.

Popular media and prominent figures such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are making eye-opening claims about the dangers and promise of artificial intelligence. Is AI an existential threat to humanity’s survival, or a new path to human happiness? Are intelligent robots about to push humans out of the workforce in droves, or will they partner with us to solve problems and make discoveries never before possible?  How can philosophy, which emphasizes rigorous thinking and critical questioning, enrich the public conversation about AI, automation and the ‘good life,’ moving us beyond wild speculation about superintelligences and singularities?  Can it help us to confront the promise and the perils of these technologies with wisdom?

Join our panelists in a conversation to find out:


Don Howard is a former director and Fellow of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values at the University of Notre Dame, where he is Professor of Philosophy with special expertise in the philosophy of physics and the ethics of emerging technologies, especially robotics and autonomous systems. Don Howard photo
Jerry Kaplan is a computer scientist, futurist, entrepreneur and Fellow of the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics at Stanford University, where he teaches courses in the philosophy and ethics of AI. He is author of the book Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Yale UP).

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Patrick Lin is Director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he is Associate Professor of Philosophy. He is a well-known international expert in the ethics of autonomous technologies and robotics, and the co-editor of the volume Robot Ethics (MIT Press). Patrick Lin Photo
AJung Moon is a co-founder of the international Open Roboethics initiative (ORi), a Vanier Scholar and a Ph. D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, where she specializes in designing nonverbal behaviors that robots can use to better collaborate with people.

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John P. Sullins is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Center For Ethics Law and Society at Sonoma State University. He received the Herbert Simon Excellence in Research award from the International Association of Computers and Philosophy, and regularly publishes on the ethical implications of military and personal robotics.
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Moderator: Shannon Vallor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, winner of the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics and author of the forthcoming book 21st Century Virtue: Technology and the Future of Human Flourishing (OUP). Shannon Vallor photo


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