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Sydney Ideas - Wild AI and tame humans

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Corner of Abercrombie St and Codrington St

University of Sydney, NSW 2006

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Join us as world-renowned technology expert Professor Mark Coeckelbergh brings the future of artificial intelligence (AI) sharply into focus for the human race, and provides a stark and compelling reality check on the ethics of AI.

Do the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) outweigh the potential negative effects, in the context of social responsibilities for the entire human race? Will intelligent machines soon take over, turning us into their slaves or raw materials? In this Sydney Ideas talk, Professor Mark Coeckelbergh shifts the conversation away from science fiction fantasies about AI and into the realms of real ethical issues and urgent policy challenges for development and use of artificial intelligence and robotics in society.

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Mark Coeckelbergh is a Belgian philosopher of technology. He is Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.

He is the author of several books, including Growing Moral Relations (2012), Human Being @ Risk (2013), Environmental Skill (2015), Money Machines (2015), New Romantic Cyborgs (2017) and Moved by Machines: Performance Metaphors and Philosophy of Technology (2019). He has also written many articles. He is best known for his work in philosophy of technology, robotics and ethics of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

Dr Benedetta Brevini is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Sydney and Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University, London. She writes on The Guardian’s Comment is Free and contributes to a number of print and web publications including Index of Censorship, OpenDemocracy and the Conversation. She is the author of Public Service Broadcasting online (2013) and editor of the acclaimed volume Beyond Wikileaks (2013). Her latest volumes are Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis (2017), Climate Change and the Media (2018) and she has now completed a new volume on Amazon, the Digital Lord (with Lukasz Swiatek) that looks at the rise of Amazon and its Artificial Intelligence activities (Routledge, 2020). She is currently writing a new book on the Digital Myths of Artificial Intelligence.



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