Events | Fireside Chat: Moral Code — Ethics in the Digital Age

Los Angeles | May 27, 2019 | 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM


"The primary political and philosophical issue of the next century will be the definition of what we are," futurist Ray Kurzweil wrote just before the onset of the 21st century. Algorithms and autonomously operating machines have already begun to fundamentally change human beings and their surroundings. Meanwhile, social objectives and ethical standards regulating these developments often remain vague. While, historically and culturally, there are fundamental differences defining the discourse on data security and the risks of technological progress, the moral challenges resulting from the use of digital technologies are the same on both sides of the Atlantic.
These digital and technological developments not only affect our moral judgement, but challenge supposed certainties and pose stirring questions. Why not craft better humans? What does a just AI economy look like? Can algorithms be ethical? The conference "Moral Code" aims to propose new ways and platforms to communicate about the moral implications resulting from the use of digital technologies.


Fireside Chat

Luciano Floridi, University of Oxford
Damian Borth
, St. Gallen, Thomas Mann Fellow 2019

Moderator: Andrew Culp, California Institute of the Arts


Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Among his recognitions, he has been appointed the Gauss Professor by the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, and is recipient of the APA's Barwise Prize, the IACAP's Covey Award, and the INSEIT's Weizenbaum Award. He is an AISB and BCS Fellow, Editor in Chief of Philosophy & Technology and of the Synthese Library, and was Chairman of EU Commission's 'Onlife' research group. His most recent books are: The Ethics of Information (OUP, 2013), The Philosophy of Information (OUP, 2011), Information: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2010), and The Cambridge Handbook of Information and Computer Ethics (CUP, 2010).

Damian Borth is the Founding Director of the Deep Learning Competence Center at the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). After completing his doctorate at the University of Kaiserslautern, he was visiting scholar at Columbia University, postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI). He is a member of several steering committees such as the Volkswagen Foundation and the "AI for Good" Foundation. Borth has received several academic best paper awards, as well as the McKinsey Business Technology Award and NVIDIA AI Award. Since September 2018, Damian Borth is the newly established Chair of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the University St. Gallen, where his focus is on the establishment of the new IT Department and its curriculum. His primary research interests include Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence.


Thomas Mann House
1550 N San Remo Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

This event is by invitation only.


An event hosted by the Thomas Mann House and UCLA.



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