"REBOOTING ETHICS: Avoiding ethical missteps slowing down progress"

 

On April 18-22, 2017 Nicoletta Iacobacci organized a convening at the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio (Como, IT) where 16 worldwide top protagonists in the areas of science, technology, philosophy, sci-fi, the arts, media, robotics, academics, finance, and the law, investigated the most crucial aspects of cutting-edge innovations and reflected on how to utilize these new technologies without harming our humanness.

 

 

THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION

The Bellagio Center Conference Program:  promoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world.

 
The Bellagio Center Conference Program establish new connections across disciplines and geographies, encourage dynamic, small group interactions, and promote innovative and creative thinking—all in a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work.
 
Conferences at the Bellagio Center are intended to establish and strengthen connections across disciplines and geographies. They encourage dynamic, small group interactions, and promote innovative and creative thinking—all in a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work.
 
"REEBOTING ETHICS" 
aims to investigate possible consequences of exponentially growing technologies without hampering innovation.

 

Science-fiction is becoming science-fact as exponential technologies develop and increasingly influence our lives. Ethics, however, has a hard time keeping pace. While moral guidelines are defined for existing anomalies, technology surges ahead, giving rise to ever newer ethical debates—making it increasingly difficult to keep up with the meaning, impacts and possible repercussion of the paradigm shift of our own innovations.

 

It is evident to everyone who's paying attention that we will experience progress at mammoth speed in the twenty-first century. Millennia of progress-equivalent compressed into a few decades. It is likely that during this century, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence. We’ll see technological change never before witnessed—the merging of biological and non-biological, software-based immortal "humans", and sentient artificial intelligence.

 

These new agencies have the potential to dramatically augmenting human cognition and capabilities, magnify the economy, and beget development of other powerful technologies.  We should strive to take this journey, conscious of the risks we are facing, and raise a call to action for openly discussing the social repercussions these technologies could have if left only to their “makers”—a call to action in pursuit of REBOOTING ETHICS.