As our visible and invisible social reality is getting increasingly digital, the question of the ethical, moral and political consequences of digitalization is ever more pressing. Such issue is too complex to be met only with instinctive digiphilia or digiphobia. No technology is just a tool, all technologies mark their users and environments. Digital technologies, however, mark them much more intimately than any previous ones have done since they promise to think in our place – so that they do not only enhance the homo sapiens’ most distinctive feature but also relieve them from it. We entrust computers with more and more functions, and their help is indeed invaluable especially in science and technology. Some fear or dream that in the end, they become so invaluable that a huge Artificial Intelligence or Singularity will take control of the whole affair that humans deal with so messily.

“Moral Machines? Ethics and Politics of the Digital World” is a conference organized by two research fellows, Susanna Lindberg and Hanna-Riikka Roine at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from all fields addressing the many issues and problems of the digitalization of our social reality.

The conference is free of charge, and there is also a public evening programme with artists engaging the digital world.

For further information about the conference, feel free to contact either Susanna (susanna.e.lindberg[at]gmail.com) or Hanna-Riikka (hanna.roine[at]helsinki.fi).

Download the Programme PDF here:
Moral Machines? Conference 2019 / Programme

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The conference has received funding from the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunta), Institut Français de Finlande (Ranskan instituutti) and the project Creative Adaptation to Wicked Socio-environmental Disruptions (WISE; Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland in Tampere University).