Shannon Vallor joined us in Federation to deliver a fascinating keynote on Humanity and Tech. Taking a philosophical approach she asked some important questions like what does it mean to be human, inhumane or humane? It's an important distinction between being human and humane. Our technology can be created by the former but is not necessarily the latter. We are living in a world where we are entrusting virtually everything to technology: our bodies, voices, reputations, friendships, money, children, votes, food, water, freedom and our future. But do we have to accept the march of technology as inevitable? Should we remain passive as these huge techno social changes happen to us? Shannon rightly pointed to our responsibilities to be part of shaping a humane future worth having. It's a theme that she draws out more fully in her book Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting
Her research explores the philosophy and ethics of emerging science and technologies. Her current research project focuses on the impact of emerging technologies--particularly those involving automation and artificial intelligence--on the moral and intellectual habits, skills and virtues of human beings: our character.
Shannon was joined by Sarah Drinkwater, Omidyar Network, Simon Sears, BJSS and writer and strategist Dr Ella Fitzsimmons
Watch the full talk an panel here
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