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Exponential technologies will increasingly influence our lives. I will explore how we can make sure everyone benefits from the possibilities these technologies provide
"Exponential technology - How do we make sure everyone benefits?
Exponential technologies will increasingly influence our lives. I will explore how we can make sure everyone benefits from the possibilities these technologies provide. I will discuss questions like:
• Why should everyone benefit?
• How do we make sure everyone benefits? \
• Democratic Transhumanism, a solution?
• Machine Ethics
• When we succeed: New ethical dilemma’s
- Who is everyone?
• Does life matter?
• What is life, anyway?
- Why build technology?
• Evolutionary progress?
• Preserve (human) life?
• To preserve human rights?
• To improve our well-being?
--> Hedonic utilitarianism?
- Brave New World vs 1984
- How do we promote happiness?
- Promoting happiness:
- Improving autonomy? How do we promote autonomy?
• If everyone uses cognitive enhancers, do you still have a free choice to use it yourself?"
"Matthijs Pontier was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and went to the VU University of Amsterdam. He studied Artificial Intelligence as well as (Cognitive) Psychology, and obtained his Masters degree in the direction of Cognitive Science in 2007. He obtained his Ph.D in 2011, in which he developed Silicon Coppelia, a computational model of emotional intelligence, person perception and affective decision making, to make robots and computer-agents emotionally human-like. Within the SELEMCA project, he developed human-like moral decision making for robots and he co-edited the book 'Machine Medical Ethics'. The documentary 'Ik ben Alice / Alice cares' about this project received several awards; among others the NWO/KNAW Eureka award for science communication.
Next to his research, Matthijs Pontier is a spokesperson for the Pirate Party and has been one of the lead candidates during several elections. The Pirate Party focuses on ethical use of technology in society."