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Artificial Intelligence and Karma, November 2, 2017, CIIS


With origins in ancient India, karma is a key concept in many belief systems including Buddhism and Hinduism. It is the theory that our actions have inevitable and unknowable results in our future, either in this life, or the next. Karma is also described as the good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone or something.

This conversation explores how the concept of karma can guide us as we push forward towards creating non-human intelligence. How we develop and design artificial intelligence will impact individuals and society for generations to come. If we think about karma in our interactions with human beings, will we consider it in our interactions with these new artificially intelligent beings as well? Does karma apply to artificially intelligent beings?

How our present and future society chooses to answer these questions could result in major spiritual and ethical shifts with cascading impacts that, like

karma, lead to inevitable and unknowable results in our shared future. Join Nikki Mirghafori, Buddhist contemplative and AI research scientist, in conversation with Steve Omohundro on artificial intelligence and karma.

California Institute of Integral Studies Event.

*This event is presented in collaboration with Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

This event is part of the Technology & Consciousness Series. Purchase series tickets here.

November 2, 2017

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103

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