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Technomoral Virtues and the Future of Human Flourishing

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New technologies, from digital media and surveillance to robotics and artificial intelligence, are reshaping human institutions in increasingly unpredictable ways. These technologies also transform our daily habits and practices, and through them, our individual and civic character and values. On local, national and global scales, humanity today faces an uncertain future that demands unprecedented social resilience, civic cooperation and collective moral wisdom in the use of technological power. Nothing less than the survival and flourishing of the human family, and our planet, is at stake. What moral skills and virtues do we need in order to meet the profound political, existential and spiritual challenges driven by these new technologies, and how can we more effectively cultivate them? Dr. Vallor's lecture will draw from classical traditions of Aristotelian, Confucian and Buddhist ethics to articulate a new framework for the cultivation of technomoral virtues: those qualities of moral and civic character most essential to human flourishing in the digital age.

This event is organized by the ADAPT Ethics and Privacy Research Initiative.


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Shannon Vallor is the William J. Rewak, S.J. Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University, where her research and teaching focuses on the ethical implications of emerging science and technology, including AI, robotics and new media. Professor Vallor received the 2015 World Technology Award in Ethics from the World Technology Network. She is President of the international Society for Philosophy and Technology, and serves on the Executive Board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. She is the author of Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting (Oxford University Press, 2016).



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