AI/Robots and Our Future

Panel Debate: AI/Robots and Our Future


Date: October 19, 2017

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Location: Acadia University, BAC 241


Purpose: 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 Martin - Dalhousie, Computer Science

Danny Silver - Acadia, Computer Science


Teresa Heffernan - Saint Mary's, English

Paul Abela - Acadia, Philosophy

Format: 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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