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Invited Keynote Address from WERA President

Monday, October 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
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AXIX All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference of Young Education Researchers
22 – 23 October 2020

Prof. Dr Mustafa Yunus Eryaman, the WERA President, will give a keynote address at the XIX All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference of Young Education Researchers organized by the Russian Educational Research Association.

 

  Title of the Invited Keynote Address: “From Homo sapiens to Homo intelligentsia : Educating Human Super-Intelligence in the Post-humanist era”


Abstract
: With the rapid developments in the fields of neuroscience and artificial intelligence, creating super intelligence through brain augmentation is currently becoming an important subject in both academic and media circles.
The number of research studies investigating the brain-machine interfaces, neuro-medical- pharmacology, and brain enhancement with artificial intelligence is growing exponentially. It is expected that in a few years, human beings will experience human super-intelligent systems having some sort of blending of biological and machine intelligences and exceeding the cognitive performance of human being in almost all domains of human interest.
Diverse voices in academia and business world have outlined the advantages or disadvantages of super intelligence through brain augmentation as they have emerged within the technology companies, scientific communities, and the healthcare sector. Enthusiasts promote super-intelligent systems by arguing that these technologies can improve people’s lives and bring about a better world while contributing to the issues of human empowerment, equality, access, efficiency, liberation, and medical advancement and breakthroughs for disadvantaged communities.
More sceptical viewers warn that even well-intentioned super-intelligent systems can be used to perpetuate existing inequitable power relations, surveillance, oppression, censorship and unequal access which may lead to developing anti-democratic agendas. Observers who take an oppositional stance towards the super-intelligent systems argue that these systems can turn into humanity’s biggest existential threat.
This keynote speech will explore the ethical, political and philosophical considerations around the issues of brain augmentation, artificial intelligence, and big data in order to carefully disentangle the complexities of the use of the embedded intelligent technologies in education and educational research in the post-humanist era.



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