The third edition of the Martini Lecture Bicocca, an updated reading of the magisterium of cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2002. Artificial intelligence. The use of new machines, this is the title of the Lecture dedicated to the themes ofartificial intelligence and its connections with human life. Luciano Floridi, full professor of Information Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Oxford and full professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication at the Alma Mater University of Bologna, will give a lecture entitled: Agere sine Intelligere. Artificial intelligence as a new form of action and its ethical problems.
Professor Floridi’s speech will be introduced by Federico Cabitza, associate professor of Human-Machine Interaction at the University of Milan-Bicocca, with a speech entitled: Deus in machina? The human use of new machines, between dependence and responsibility.
The works will be introduced by Father Carlo Casalone SJ, president of the Carlo Maria Martini Foundation and member of the scientific committee of the Martini Lecture. Alessandra Curzel, science journalist, will coordinate. The Rector, Giovanna Iannantuoni, will welcome the University.
One autumn evening in 1998, in the Aula Magna of the University of Milan, Carlo Maria Martini presented with trepidation the theme of the tenth Chair of non-believers, entitled “Horizons and limits of science”. Martini expressed the desire to hear from people involved in various ways in the scientific enterprise how they lived the frontiers of their knowledge. He was looking for a reflection that was placed on the brink of science, a testimony on knowing on the edge of not knowing and on believing on the edge of not believing.
The new edition of the Martini Lecture Bicocca wants to collect the echo of that trepidation. Luciano Floridi, one of the most authoritative voices of contemporary philosophy, and Federico Cabitza, one of the greatest experts in artificial intelligence, help us to scrutinize a horizon that seems boundless, but in front of which one feels lost.
While the “magnificent and progressives” of artificial intelligence are celebrated, a question becomes pressing: will it contribute to the construction of a new humanity or to an ecosystem in which man will be on the margins? Floridi and Cabitza moved their reflections starting from some texts by Cardinal Martini published in the volumes of the Opera Omnia, in particular: The chairs of non-believers (Bompiani. 2015), Justice, ethics and politics in the city (Bompiani, 2017) and Farsi neighbor with the last ones (Bompiani, forthcoming).
The texts of the interventions will be collected in the volume of the “Martini Lecture” series entitled Artificial intelligence. The use of new machines, published by the publisher Bompiani. The book will be available on the day of the event. The Martini Lecture is proposed by the “CM Martini” Center in collaboration with the University of Milan-Bicocca, the Carlo Maria Martini and Bompiani Foundation. It is sponsored by the Diocese of Milan. The Martini Lecture can be followed in person and in live streaming. On this page all the information: www.unimib.it/eventi/intelligenza-artificiale-luso-delle-nuovo-macchine. This is the link to follow the live streaming: http://s.unimib.it/martinilecturebicocca21.