AI and the Future of Humanity Project – Conference 2: The Singularity Summit: Imagination, Memory, Consciousness, Agency, Values
26-27 September 2018 – Jesus College, Cambridge

Numerous research projects around the world are attempting to simulate human “intelligence” based in part on neurophysiological theories of memory and imagination. Although considerable work has been done in this area since the early 1990s, AI is currently experiencing a quantum shift, one that requires an in-depth review of the primary human faculties as well as the moral dimension of human existence. While these research and development programs would benefit greatly from dialogue with philosophy of mind, aesthetics, literary and cultural studies, and philosophical theology, there is a lack of dialogue between scholars in these areas and the AI communities.

Topics for discussion include: Singularity, The Self, Descartes, Agency and free will, Gödel  (Computational Brain),  Neural correlates, Embodiment, Consciousness, Understanding, Quantum minds, Imagination, Moral behaviour, Aesthetics, Enactivism.

This conference will provide a much-needed opportunity for interdisciplinary discussion between these groups who do not often find themselves around the same table.    An important segment of the conference would involve standing back to review the future of AI in the historical context of how the digital age has already affected society and individuals.

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“You must decide how you will worship me.” Ron Chrisley on Herbert’s Destination:Void at the SHDP conference on AI in Sci Fi March 2013 Jesus College Cambridge


AI and the Future of Humanity – Conference 3: Will advances in machine intelligence serve to enhance or diminish our moral and spiritual selves? Will these advances serve to create better or worse societies?
16-17 May 2019 – Jesus College, Cambridge

In this conference we ask what impact future AI is likely to have on notions of the soul, religious faith, religious practice, and the virtues. Does AI pose a threat, or encouragement, to religious belief and practice? In turn, we ask how religion might guide and inform attitudes towards, and relationships with, future intelligent machines. Finally, can religious perspectives influence and shape the course of AI research and development?


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