Meetup: ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Who is afraid of AI? Should we be? AI can make our lives more convenient and efficient, but there’s much to be concerned about from an ethical perspective Рour privacy being the most obvious (are Alexa and Siri spying on us?) but also more subtle problems such as implicit biases in its designs that cements and creates injustices. For example, who should self driving cars save and sacrifice? Who should make those decisions? And as AI becomes more human-like, how should we treat them?

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When: Monday, June 17, at 6pm.

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Meetup: Can Stoics be billionaires?

Seneca was, by modern standards, a billionaire. And yet, he claimed that great wealth gets in the way of practicing virtue. Some people say that modern billionaires like Jeff Bezos of Amazon use “Stoic techniques” to increase their wealth. But does that make them Stoic? What, exactly, is the relationship between wealth and Stoicism?

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When: Monday, June 3, at 6pm.

Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St., Manhattan.

Meetup: Insults and toxic speech

What is offensive speech? What makes speech toxic? Where should we draw the line between criticism and insults? And between free speech and censorship? Come discuss what is offensive at our next philosophy cafe.

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When: Monday, May 20, at 6pm.

Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St., Manhattan.

Meetup: the philosophy of time

Time is money! Or is it? Come discuss both the metaphysics and the ethics of time. Metaphysically, what is time? What sense can we make of the concept, given the most current theories in fundamental physics? Ethically, how do we make the best use of our time, regardless of what precisely that is?

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When: Monday, April 15 at 6pm

Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St., Manhattan.