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Saturday, May 25 • 1:20pm - 2:10pm
Technology and the Human Condition

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Among the fundamental questions of technology are those concerned with the ways in which it can be applied to the betterment of human life. How may our image of ourselves change? Will we grow closer to one another or more distant? In this panel we will consider three technologies: the development of artificial general intelligence, the enhancement of human beings through molecular engineering and cybernetic augmentation, and the widespread ongoing internetworking of people and cultures through communication instruments. We will bring to our discussion philosophical, scientific, and narrative perspectives.

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Robert Zelenka

With an academic background in philosophy, physics, and mathematics, Robert Zelenka explores the possibilities of machine consciousness from the perspectives of both algorithmic and structural design. The advent of quantum computers and their potential ability to achieve affective... Read More →

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Peggy Zelenka

Peggy Zelenka’s research as a molecular cell biologist focused on the biological nanomachines present in living cells. Four decades of research at the National Institutes of Health were framed by considerations of cell formation through the interaction and integration of non-living... Read More →
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Lee Cannon

Communications Specialist, NC Space Grant
Lee Cannon is a writer and communications professional living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Since her high school days reading novel after novel of the Star Wars series, as well as stumble-upons like Clifford D. Simak's "A Choice of Gods," Lee has had an interest in the... Read More →
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Edward Celarier

Edward Celarier is a physicist who worked with NASA, among other institutions. His research interests have come to include questions of how complex systems provide both goals and limits for technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence. What imperatives underlie the responsibility... Read More →

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
Panel 1 (WW B)
  Science, Pop Culture
  • Logistics Panel, Audience Mic
  • Moderator Robert Zelenka