[Update] A report is now available. Read: Ethics, Technology, and the Future of Humanity, written by Prof. Jovan Kurbalija and Mr Marco Lotti
Should technological advancement be welcomed for its opportunities for human advancement, or feared for its potential to destroy human life and natural eco-systems? On Friday, 8th June, 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organising the first Public Lecture on Ethics and Technology in the United Nations system, at 10am - 12pm, at the WIPO Headquarters. Eminent Professor Peter Singer (Australia) will discuss ethical challenges of technological developments in biotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, informatics and communication.
The lecture is open to all interested citizens: members of the diplomatic community, staff of International Organisations, the United Nations and UN Specialised Agencies, NGOs with consultative status to WIPO and the UN, and the academic community. Attendance is free; registration is required.
Professor Singer is the recipient of multiple prestigious distinctions and awards. Among others, he has been ranked by Time Magazine as among the world's most influential people (The Time 100 list, 2005), by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (2009) as one of the 25 most influential Australians of the last half-century, and by the (Swiss) Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute as a Global Thought Leader (since 2013, every year).
He has written, co-authored, edited and/or co-edited more than 40 books, including Practical Ethics, Animal Liberation, The Life You Can Save, Ethics in the Real World and The Most Good You Can Do. His writings have inspired both the animal rights movement and effective altruism. He is professor of bioethics at Princeton University, has lectured at other leading universities in Europe and the United States and now spends part of each year at the University of Melbourne.
For more information, visit the event webpage.