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Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

June 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Who is afraid of AI? Should we be? AI can make our lives more convenient and efficient, but there’s much to be concerned about from an ethical perspective – our privacy being the most obvious (are Alexa and Siri spying on us?) but also more subtle problems such as implicit biases in its designs that cements and creates injustices. For example, who should self driving cars save and sacrifice? Who should make those decisions? And as AI becomes more human-like, how should we treat them?

Suggested reading: https://theoutline.com/post/7022/ai-trolley-problem-ethics

Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u) and is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What’s the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Meeting dates subject to change. For more information, visit the Cafe’s on Meetup:

FREE for members. $5 for non-members.


June 17, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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