Towards Life 3.0 - Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century: Navigating the Moral Labyrinth: Intersections of Philosophy, AI, and Art


Monday, May 13, 2019, 5:30pm to 6:45pm


Wexner Room 102, 79 JFK Street Cambridge, MA, 02138

Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century is a new talk series organized and facilitated by Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life.

Held on select Monday evenings at 5:30 – 6:45 in Wexner 102, and occasionally on other weekdays, the series will also be shared on Facebook Live and on the Carr Center website. A light dinner will be served.

Sarah Newman, Senior Researcher at metaLAB and Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, will be giving a talk titled, "Navigating the Moral Labyrinth: Intersections of Philosophy, AI, and Art."



Navigating the Moral Labyrinth: Intersections of Philosophy, AI, and Art

rbMoral Labyrinth is a research project and art installation that focuses on human relationships to technology, and explores the difficult moral questions that emerge alongside the introduction of new technologies. The work contends with the challenge of embedding values into powerful systems when these systems are created by humans who, ourselves, are inconsistent and imperfect moral agents. The work is grounded in moral philosophy, social psychology, the ethics of technology, and contends with questions that are made particularly pressing with AI technologies. Moral Labyrinth has been exhibited in Germany, Austria, England, and the US, and a new version of it will be in Tunisia in June. Newman will share the project, her views about the necessities of humility and collaboration, and offer the audience a glimpse at some new directions in her work. In-person attendees of Monday's talk will receive a small fragment of the Moral Labyrinth.