Artificial Intelligence - Young Resarchers Conference

Harvard University, Boston - 11/12 October, 2019

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The Pontifical Academy for Life, in partnership with the World Youth Alliance, Abigail Adams Institute, and the Harvard Students for Life, has organized a conference for young professionals and students on the weekend of October 11-12, 2019, at Harvard University (Boston, USA).

This conference was open to young professionals and students <35 years old.

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The purpose of this conference is to help young professionals and student to reflect more deeply about what it means to be human in the face of advances in robotics and artificial intelligence. With advances in these technologies, especially with researchers attempting to mimic the human mind and consciousness in inorganic material, it is important to think about how we use technology and how advances in technology deeply affect who we see ourselves to be and how we interact with those around us. This conference will be an opportunity to discuss on these important topics, and we, as the Young Researchers of the Pontifical Academy for Life, also believe that the question of what it means to be human is one that many young people are seeking answers to, and when misunderstood, drives many of the current ills of our society today.

Can a Robot be a person?

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PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN? CAN A ROBOT BE A PERSON? 

Roberto Dell’Oro Loyola Marymount University 

THE QUESTION 

Science and technology: the “and” is central for at stake is not only the theoretical study of reality, but our capacity to effect changes upon it.  Technology no longer points to a set of tools at our disposal (as in the old version of techne), but to the very nature of the world within which we now live.  Our world has become the abode of homo technologicus (confront Heidegger on the essence of technology as Gestell, as framework through which we look at reality.  Our outlook has become a doing).  This realization is at the heart of the development of bioethics as a field: the issue is not only what science can study, but what it can do. 

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