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What Is Humanity?

March 22, 2018 at 7:00pm / Annenberg 110

An Open, Personal Conversation About the Nature, Future, and Ultimate Meaning of Human Life

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Why do we care so much about distinguishing humans from other forms of intelligence? Do definitions of humanity based on traits like rationality, emotion, and future-consciousness hold up to scrutiny? In a world of emotionally intelligent machines and rational, pro-social primates, should we pursue or fear the fading line between the human and non-human?

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Rosalind Picard

Founder and Director of the Affective Computing Research Group


Michael Platt

James S. Riepe University Professor of Psychology

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Philip Gehrman, Moderator

Associate Professor of Psychology, Penn Sleep Center

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