Panel Debate: AI/Robots and Our Future


Panel Debate: AI/Robots and Our Future

Date:  October 19, 2017

Time:  7:00-8:30pm

Location:  Acadia University, Beveridge Arts Centre 132


The aim of this public debate is to foster a broad and inclusive discussion which informs our understanding of the dynamics and consequences of the rise of AI and Robotics and how to govern its impact on humanity and our world.

Moderator:  Ian Wilks (Acadia, Philosophy)

Panel Members:

Stan Matwin (Dalhousie, Computer Science) - Pro

Danny Silver (Acadia, Computer Science) - Pro

Teresa Heffernan (SMU, English) - Con

Paul Abela (Acadia, Philosophy) - Con


A policy debate format will be used.  Members of the Pro and Con teams will center their presentations on the following topics:

  • AI/Robots and the impact on civil society (jobs and economic sustainability, governance)
  • AI/Robots and our conception of what it is to be human (transhumanism, mortality, dominance/subservience/equality with the machine?)
  • AI/Robots and our safety and security (social, political and military notions of responsibility and authority: where does the buck stop?)
  • AI/Robots and human flourishing (privacy, a literate culture, an open and vibrant democracy)

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