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Humanist Archives: Nov. 16, 2022, 7:03 a.m. Humanist 36.259 - events: The Human of the Future

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        Date: 2022-11-15 14:13:50+00:00
        From: MORRAS, Maria <>
        Subject: Amedeo SANTOSUOSSO speaks at WORLD PHILOSOPHY DAY 2022: THE HUMAN OF THE FUTURE - 16 novembre ore 15-16,30

Amedeo SANTOSUOSSO speaks at

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
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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

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.

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Best regards,
Anna Cerniglia
Responsabile U.O. Comunicazione e Addetto stampa
Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia

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