I participated in a debate/panel discussion about robot rights at the Science Gallery (Trinity, Dublin) on the 29th March 2017. A video from the event is above. Here’s the description from the organisers:
Andrew Ferguson on Predictive Policing
Jonathan Pugh on Bio-Conservatism and Human Enhancement
Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative
Anders Sandberg on the Ethics of Time Compression in Computing
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The Grand Challenge of Beneficial AI - Stuart Armstrong
Automation in an Accelerating Future - Anders Sandberg
US Government ‘Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence’ Discussion with James Hughes
Aaron Wright on Blockchains and the Law
Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values
Doomsday Dread: The End of Civilization
Will we become posthuman?
The Quantified Self with Anders Sandberg
Moral Enhancement with Andres Sandberg
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