The augmented body and the deadly algorithm

In the framework of the In-Lab theFlesh_theCircuitry_theGhost a series of lectures - each time with two guest speakers - will be organized by Van Eyck participants Alessandro Bertelle and Antje Guenther and former participants Hanna Nilsson and Rasmus Svensson.

This research group deals with the contemporary status of artificial intelligence (A.I.), with the potential and ethical problems of transhuman body enhancement as also the future of the human body and consequences for the civilization and society.

On Monday February 29th at 17:30 you are welcome to join the last lecture The augmented body and the deadly algorithm in Van Eyck’s auditorium. This lecture will be given by Dr. Frank Sauer and Ryan O’Shea.

"[...] what is interesting here is that evolution now becomes an individually centered process, emanating from the needs and desires of the individual, and not an external process, a passive process where the individual is just at the whim of the collective. So, you produce a neo-human, with a new individuality and a new consciousness. But that's only the beginning of the evolutionary cycle because as the next cycle proceeds, the input is now this new intelligence. As intelligence piles on intelligence, as ability piles on ability, the speed changes, and the manifestations of this neo-human-type evolution could be dramatically counter-intuitive. It could be something totally different. It could be the amplification of the individual, the multiplication of individual existences. Parallel existences now with the individual no longer restricted by time and space."
Eamonn Healy

Artificial General Intelligence is near. How near? We don't really know, but it is near. Who is going to own it?
Are we ready to acquire full-body cognitive prosthesis; to upload our ego in a cyberized brain; to augment and share our consciousness? What are the ethical problems around it, should we fear it as we fear Roko's Basilisk?

Coming from very different worlds Dr. Frank Sauer (Bundeswehr University Munich) and Ryan O'Shea (Grindhouse Wetware) will discuss and speculate around these issues.
Dr. Frank Sauer will lead the first part of the discussion, giving a brief historic overview over the development of unmanned weapons systems and explain the driving forces behind the trend toward more and more autonomy in unmanned systems today. It will then question this trend and point out legal, ethical and political risks deriving from the use of "lethal autonomous weapons systems". In the second part, Ryan O'Shea will introduce the work of Grindhouse Wetware and the possibilities opened up by Biohacking and DIY body enhancement, as well as discussing ownership and boundaries of body in the IOT.

⥅Dr Frank Sauer is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at Bundeswehr University Munich, in Germany. His research focuses on international security, and he publishes on nuclear issues, cyber security, terrorism, arms control, and the growing use of unmanned and robotic systems by the military. He also advises political and military decision-makers on these matters.

⥅Ryan O'Shea is a futurist and part of Grindhouse Wetware. Grindhouse evolved from a group of highly driven individuals on the biohack.me forums, to a dedicated team working towards a common goal - augmenting humanity using safe, affordable, open source technology.

Monday 29 February
17:30 – 18:30
Location: Van Eyck auditorium

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