Dr. Edward Spence talks Wisdom and the Rise of Intelligent Machines

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Esteemed author and  academic Dr. Edward H. Spence will be exploring the convergence of ancient wisdom and modern technology as part of this year's 42nd Greek Festival of Sydney on Wednesday 10 April 2024, at 7:30 pm at the Greek Theatre – Mantouridion, in Marrickville, Sydney.

The event, titled "Wisdom, and the Rise of Intelligent Machines," will feature a captivating talk by Dr. Spence, followed by a performance of the thought-provoking play "Logos Unbound." Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion with Dr. Spence and fellow audience members.

Drawing from Greek philosophy, including insights from luminaries such as Plato and the Stoics, Dr. Spence will delve into how these ancient teachings can provide valuable perspectives on the role of wisdom in our lives. Moreover, the event will tackle the pertinent question: Can artificial intelligence agents, like ChatGPT, Bard, and Pi, truly acquire wisdom? Despite their impressive capabilities, can AI machines ever attain the level of wisdom embodied by philosophical giants like Socrates?

"We are at a crucial juncture where technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace, raising profound questions about the nature of wisdom and its relationship with artificial intelligence," says Dr. Spence. "By examining the timeless wisdom of ancient Greek philosophy, we can gain invaluable insights into navigating the complexities of our modern, AI-driven world."

Attendees can expect an intellectually stimulating evening that encourages deep reflection and meaningful dialogue. Whether you're a seasoned philosopher, a technology enthusiast, or simply curious about the intersection of wisdom and AI, this event promises to be both enlightening and thought-provoking.

Event Details:

WHAT:  Wisdom, and the Rise of Intelligent Machines | Play by Dr. Edward H. Spence

WHEN: Wednesday 10 April 2024 | 7:30 pm

VENUE: The Greek Theatre – Mantouridion Building, 36/142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW, 2204

LANGUAGE: English

 

Key Personnel:

Director: Nino LoGiudice

Event Manager: Kaye Spence

Actors: Werrdan Khouri, Myriam Khouri, and Leo Ellinas

TICKETS CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE AT https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1171877?

For more information on the programme and to book tickets to selected events, please visit www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au


ABOUT Dr Edward Spence

Dr Edward Spence is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney, and Research Fellow at the 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology, Netherlands. He is author of several books including Stoic Ethics and Technology in the Pursuit of Wellbeing (forthcoming, Rowman and Littlefield) Media Corruption in the Age of Information (2021, Springer), Ethics in a Digital Era (2018, Wiley-Blackwell), Media Markets and Morals (2011,Wiley-Blackwell), Ethics Within Reason: A Neo-Gewirthian Approach (2006, Lexington Books - Rowman and Littlefield,) Advertising Ethics (2005, Pearson) and Corruption and Anti-Corruption: A Philosophical Approach (2005, Pearson) and the edited volume The Good Life in a Technological Age (2012, Routledge). He is the author of numerous refereed papers in national and international journals on topics including theoretical and applied ethics, professional ethics, media ethics and digital ethics, the ethics of technology, computer ethics, computer games ethics, and media corruption. He is the founder and producer of the Theatre of Philosophy project that aims at the introduction of philosophy to the general public through drama and audience participation through discussion. Several of his philosophy plays have been performed at Arts and Cultural Festivals throughout Australia and the USA.

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