WORLD PHILOSOPHY DAY 2022: THE HUMAN OF THE FUTURE
Side event: Round Table entitled
"Will Technology Outdate Humankind?”
Wednesday 16 November 2022
from 15:00 to 16:30 (GMT+1)
(only in English)
(virtual Zoom platform: click here to register)
On Wednesday 16 November 2022, on the occasion of World Philosophy Day 2022, an online round table entitled “Will Technology Outdate Humankind?” will be held from 15:00 to 16:30 (GMT+1) to reflect on the overall theme of “The Human of the Future”.
It is organized at the initiative and with the participation of the members of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) and in co-operation with the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) of UNESCO.
As a global advisory body to UNESCO, COMEST plays an important role in promoting a universal ethical framework for science and technology. By developing ethical reflection on key issues of scientific advancements and emerging technologies, COMEST contributes to preventing the misuse of new scientific knowledge, strengthening the role of science in achieving peace by meeting the most pressing needs of mankind and ensuring the sharing of benefits from scientific and technological developments for all persons, regardless of race, gender, nationality or any other criteria.
The Commission has played an important role in the development and adoption by UNESCO of such fundamental normative instruments on the ethical issues of science and technology as the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (2021), the Declaration on the Ethical Principles in relation to Climate Change (2017), the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers (2017).
With the World Philosophy Day 2022 theme “The Human of the Future”, which is profoundly influenced by science and technology, COMEST is hosting an on-line roundtable entitled “Will Technology Outdate Humankind?”. It represents an excellent opportunity for COMEST to join the global discussion on how to ensure the positive impact of science and new and emerging technologies on humanity and how to rethink the relations between humans and technology, such that the future human will not lose its human characteristics.
The round table will consider the ethical role of science and new and emerging technologies in a discussion situated in posthumanism and transhumanism debates.
The speakers will seek answers to questions such as: Are intelligent machines still there to assist us or will they take on such an important place that they will surpass human own capacities? How do we to ensure that smart machines do not replace humans in making vital decisions and do not free humans from their intellectual function of thinking and understanding the world based on personal interpersonal experience? How can we already be posthuman? Are we already trans-humans? What needs to be put in place in order for technologies to become human partners?
The round table will be opened by Ms Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO.
The round table will be moderated by Professor Emma Ruttkamp, Head of the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria. She is the leader of the ethics of artificial intelligence research group at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) in South Africa and the rapporteur of the Bureau of COMEST. Among the speakers of the round table are: Olya Kudina, Assistant Professor in Ethics/Philosophy of Technology Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (invited guest-speaker); and three member of COMEST: Amedeo Santosuosso, Professor of Law and Information Technology, University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia, Italy; Professor Zabta Khan Shinwari, Prof. Emeritus, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan; and Professor Sang Wook Yi, Philosophy professor, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea.
The event is supported by Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology Section (SHS/BIO), Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO.