The Singularity: Screening and Conversation

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and the Transhumanism Initiative of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Learn More In the future, will we create computers that surpass our intelligence? Will we bio-engineer our species to hybridize humans and machines? Will nanotechnology mean that the building blocks of matter become playthings for human industry and creativity? How might these emerging technologies change what it means to be human? The Singularity explores these issues with leading futurists, computer scientists, artificial intelligence experts and philosophers who turn over the question like a transhuman Rubik’s Cube. If we become more machine-like and machines become more like us, will we sacrifice our humanity to gain something greater? Or will we engineer our own demise? Join director Doug Wolens at ASU for a screening of The Singularity and a discussion with Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Director of ASU’s Transhumanism Initiative at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at ASU; Ben Hurlbut, Co-Director of ASU’s Transhumanist Imagination project and Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences; and Andrew Pilsch, Assistant Professor in ASU’s Faculty of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication, focusing on transhumanist rhetoric. The event will be hosted by Clark Miller, Chair of ASU’s PhD program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.