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Newly-Emerging Technologies and the Future of Humanity
Start Date: 9/9/2016Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 9/9/2016End Time: 4:00 PM

Event Description
Govindan Parayil, Mark & Melody Teppola Presidential Distinguished Visiting Professor, will present his research on the following topic:

Recent advances in biological, computer and material sciences have made any thinkers to revisit the age-old warnings about the dangers of run-way technological change. This, in addition to the threat to all life on earth due to run away climate change, adds to the doomsday scenario. Computer pioneer Bill Joy’s famous article, “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us” in WIRED magazine is getting renewed attention with a slew of books and articles about the threat to humanity’ future (see for example books by Nick Bostrom, Yuval Harari and others) due to advances in biotechnology and artificial intelligence. In this lecture I will go over these issues and see if humanity’s future is, indeed, doomed as claimed. I will argue that, yes, we must be concerned, but the “post-human” tomorrow waiting for us should be least of our worries when we should be worried about global poverty, increasing inequality, civil wars, and environmental problems.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Hatfield Library  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: Hatfield Room
Contact Information:
Name: Doreen Simonsen
Phone: 503 375-5343
Email: dsimonse@willamette.edu
Parayil
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free Admission
Event Sponsor(s):
Faculty Colloquium

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